Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-1770
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 518, Fairfax, Va 22035

Brian Keightley,
Division Director, Urban Forest Management

Tree Resources - Who to Call

If a tree presents an immediate life-threatening hazard, including falling onto electric wires or it is blocking a public road, call or text 9-1-1.
Emergencies

If a tree falls into your home

  • Tree falling on power lines and house
    Tree falling on a house and power lines. Watch video 1:34.
    Get everyone safely out of your house. Use your cellphone or go to a neighbor’s house and call 9-1-1.
  • Stay away from the home until public safety employees can assess your home for structural safety (as well as ensuring your utilities are OK or should be turned off.)
  • Only after all of these safety measures should you then call your insurance company.

Power Lines

Of course, NEVER touch a downed wire and stay away and never attempt to approach or touch trees or limbs that contact power lines, as they are considered extremely dangerous.

To report downed trees affecting power lines or pruning along power lines:

Contacts

Where is the tree?

The responsibility for hazardous trees on public property generally lies with the agency that owns or maintains the property. To find out who owns the property in Fairfax County, use the Department of Tax Administration ICARE property search. 

The following links contain contact information for hazardous trees on public and private property.

Tree Location Who to Contact Website
Posing Hazard to Public Areas Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770|TTY 711 Hazardous Trees On Private Property
On Private Property Removal is the property owner’s responsibility. Hazardous Trees On Private Property
Near Public Streets and Roads Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) | TTY 711 VDOT’s online reporting form
Sidewalks View online map for maintenance responsibility Walkway Maintenance Online Map
Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) | TTY 711 VDOT’s online reporting form
Fairfax County Maintenance and Stormwater Management at 703-877-2800 | TTY 711 Walkway Maintenance
On County Parkland Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594 | TTY 711 Tree and Debris Removal from Parkland
In Northern Virginia Regional Parks NoVa Parks at 703-352-5900 Northern Virginia Regional Parks
On County Property Fairfax County Facilities Management at 703-324-2055 / 703-324-2886 | TTY 711  
At a County Construction Site Construction hotline at 703-324-7470 Construction Site Complaints 
On Fairfax County Public Schools Property Fairfax County Public Schools Facility Management at 703-764-3500 Fairfax County Public Schools 
Near Stormwater Management Ponds Fairfax County Maintenance and Stormwater Management at 703-877-2800 | TTY 711 Contact Maintenance and Stormwater Management
Video

How to recognize the signs of poor tree health and learn what to do if a tree falls in your yard.

Construction
Tree Management
Ordinances / Regulations

Ordinances & Regulation Guide

Topic Resource
Conservation of trees during land development Code of Virginia 15.2-961.1
Tree Conservation Ordinance Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia Chapter 122
Tree Conservation Fairfax County Public Facilities Manual Chapter 12
Heritage, Specimen, Memorial and Street Trees     Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia Chapter 120
Landscaping & Screening County of Fairfax Zoning Ordinance Article 13
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance     Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia Chapter 118
Stormwater Management Ordinance Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia Chapter 124
Storm Drainage Fairfax County Public Facilities Manual Chapter 6