Why does the
landscaping in my neighborhood look unkempt?
Yuba County maintains the landscaping along major
roads and only upon right of ways that have been properly deeded
to the County. In areas where development is still occurring,
the parcel of land on which the landscape is constructed may
still belong to the developer. Until it is deeded to the County
for maintenance, it is private property and is up to the
developer to maintain. This process may take several years
before the County eventually oversees the area. Although
unsightly, the County cannot enforce private landholders to
maintain their property unless it creates a health and safety
Please call Yuba County Public Works at (530) 749-5420 to
determine if the area is under County jurisdiction, and if so,
the Parks and Landscape Coordinator will work diligently to
rectify the situation.
Who maintains the
landscaping in my neighborhood? In all County owned
areas, the County is directly responsible for the upkeep of the
developed landscaping. This includes mowing, edging, weeding,
irrigation and trash removal. However, to reduce costs, the
County will often go out to bid for and hire sub-contractors to
handle these tasks. If there are any problems with the level of
service provided, please notify Yuba County Public Works at
If the area is not under County ownership (e.g. when the
developer has not relinquished control), contact the land owner
Where does the funding for landscape maintenance come
from? For most subdivisions, homes are assessed yearly
via County Service Area assessments. A portion of that money
pays for the costs of landscape maintenance and upkeep, in
addition to streetlights, fire protection, parks, drainage, etc.
In other areas of the County, the funding comes from General
Fund tax dollars.
What if the street tree in front of my house has died or
become damaged? Please consult your developer for
possible warranty coverage. If the warranty has expired, it us
up to the homeowner to ensure it is replaced. Consult with the
Yuba County Planning Department at (530) 749-5470 to confirm.
What if I would like a different street tree in front of
my house? In many cases, the species of tree was
selected and approved per plan to provide shade and uniformity
for years to come. As a rule of thumb, imagine what the street
would look like in 20 – 30 years with trees of all different
shapes, sizes and growth patterns. Prior to changing the street
trees in front of your home, please consult with the Yuba County
Planning Department at (530) 749-5470.
Include on this website for reference is a list of approved
trees suitable for planting in Yuba County. However, all trees
in front of residential dwellings must be deciduous (sheds
leaves in autumn), and per ordinance 12.87.035(a), they must be
no further than forty (40) feet apart along the street.