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Leaf Day Basics

About Leaf Day

Leaf Day Service

How Do I Opt-Out

How to Remove Leaves Yourself


Leaf Day Basics

How can I find out whether I'm in a Leaf Service Zone?

More than 26 percent of Portland's streets are lined with larger, more mature trees that drop significantly more leaves than the rest of the city. These streets require more equipment and crew-power to clean and maintain, so we've divided them into 52 Leaf Service Zones (view them here on our interactive map).

*To verify what zone you are in and confirm your service dates, enter your address below:

LEAF ZONE LOCATOR (enter your street address)

If you are not in a Leaf Service Zone or if you opt out of the Leaf Day Pickup Service, you may not rake your leaves into the street. Only customers in a leaf service zone who pay for the service are sanctioned by the city to rake their leaves into the street. See City Code regarding unlawful obstruction of a roadway, curb or sidewalk.

Call 503-865-LEAF (5323) to speak to a customer service representative Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email leafday@portlandoregon.gov.

Click to subscribe for weekly Leaf Day schedule updates. 

How much does it cost?

  • Residential customers, one service date: $15 (low income: $5)
  • Residential customers, two service dates: $30 (low income: $10)
  • Residential customers in Inner Westside (Leaf Zones NW 2, NW 3, NW 4, NW 6, NW 7, NW 8, NW 9, SW 1, SW 2) or in Northeast Portland's Sullivan's Gulch (NE 14): $30
  • Multi-family properties greater than 4 units: $65
  • Commercial properties with a street frontage greater than 76 feet: $65

To see if you meet the low-income requirements, click here.

What do I get for my Leaf Day fee?

For a nominal fee, the Bureau of Transportation takes care of your street leaves for you. We take care of your street tree leaves, AND ANY leaves from any trees on your property. Simply rake them into the street the day before we come by, and you're done. On your scheduled Leaf Pickup Day(s), our crews will push, load and haul the leaves away to be composted and turned into fresh mulch.  You then will receive a bill for the service. 

If you are not in a Leaf Service Zone or if you opt out of the Leaf Day Pickup Service, you may not rake your leaves into the street. Only customers in a Leaf Service Zone who pay for the service are sanctioned by the city to rake leaves into the street. See City Code regarding unlawful obstruction of a roadway, curb or sidewalk.

When is it happening?

Our crews are scheduled to remove leaves starting early November and continuing through mid-December. To view this year's schedule, click here.

What do I need to do, if anything?

Here are several actions we strongly recommend to take full advantage of the Leaf Day Pickup Service:

  • Verify what zone you are in and confirm your service dates by entering your address below:

LEAF ZONE LOCATOR (enter your street address)

 

  • Or call 503-865-LEAF (5323) to speak to a customer service representative Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • On the day before your scheduled Leaf Day, rake your street leaves 12 inches from the curb.
  • If you have leaves from other trees on your property, rake them into the street the day before your Leaf Day.
  • Move your car and any other obstacles off the street on your Leaf Day(s).
  • If it is not possible to move a car off the street, rake your leaves away from the curb and beyond the car into the middle of the street so that our crews can pick them up.
  • Note that if you're in a Leaf Zone labeled (Leaf Zones NW 2, NW 3, NW 4, NW 6, NW 7, NW 8, NW 9, SW 1, SW 2) or in Northeast Portland's Sullivan's Gulch (NE 14), moving your car is not optional. To learn more, click here.

If you are not in a Leaf Service Zone or if you opt out of the Leaf Day Pickup Service, you may not rake your leaves into the street. Only customers in a leaf service zone who pay for the service are sanctioned by the city to rake their leaves into the street. See City Code regarding unlawful obstruction of a roadway, curb or sidewalk.

Do I have to move my car?

If you'd like the street in front of your property to be the cleanest we can get it, it's smart to move your car on your Leaf Day(s) so that our machines can get right to the curb to remove leaves and clean the street.

If on Leaf Day, someone else's car is parked in front of your property, please ask them to move their car. If that is not possible, please do your best to rake your leaves away from the curb and beyond the car into the middle of the street so that our machines can pick up your leaves.

YES - If you're in a neighborhood with Leaf Day parking enforcement

If your property is in the Inner Westside of Portland (Leaf Zones NW 2, NW 3, NW 4, NW 6, NW 7, NW 8, NW 9, SW 1, SW 2) or in Northeast Portland's Sullivan's Gulch (NE 14) you must move your car or it will be ticketed and towed. These neighborhoods have asked for parking enforcement during Leaf Day because of the high number of vehicles parked on the street preventing our crews from picking up the leaves. Any cars on the street during Leaf Day in these neighborhoods will be towed at their owner's expense.  The current (2016) City parking citation is $60 plus towing fees. To locate your vehicle, call Police Auto Records at 503-823-0044.

NO - If you're NOT in a neighborhood with Leaf Day parking enforcement

If you're not in one of those zones, you're under no legal obligation to move your car. You won't be towed or ticketed. We do ask that you move your car, however, so you'll get a better clean in front of your property.

Click here for a one-page notice you may use to remind people to move their car off the street for Leaf Day.

Are there any Leaf Depots this year?

No. Leaf depots have been discontinued. Even with an increase in fees the last few years, the City didn't recover the operating costs of providing the service. Leaf depot usage dropped steadily the last several years due to more options for people to manage their leaves themselves (curbside yard debris service, onsite composting, and self-hauling to recycling centers). With the Street Leaf Removal Fee, our crews pick up all yard leaves, not just leaves from street trees, making it okay for people who pay the fee to rake leaves from their yard into the street. This reduces the demand for leaf depots. In addition, the City now provides weekly curbside yard debris pickup, making it even easier for people to manage their leaves through their curbside hauler. Note that haulers may charge for extra yard debris bags.

For information on self-haul recycling centers for disposal of leaves and other yard debris, contact Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000.


 About Leaf Day

When and how was this leaf removal fee established?

The concept of a fee for service was recommended by a Citizen Budget Advisory Committee to help cover costs of leaf removal. The City Council included the leaf removal fee in the Fiscal Year 2010-11 adopted budget and directed the Bureau of Transportation via City Ordinance 183829 to collect a fee to fund the leaf removal program. 

It is not a tax, and it is not voluntary; however, customers do have the right to opt out of the fee if they manage their street leaves themselves or if they don't have any street trees in the planting strip between the street and the sidewalk. For information on opting out, click here. For the Street Leaf Removal Program Administrative Rules, click here.

Please note that the deadline to opt out is 5 p.m. on November 1.

Why do we have to get rid of leaves that have fallen in the street?

Two reasons: safety and preventive care of streets and sewers. 

When our streets become carpeted with leaves in the autumn, it's to everyone's advantage that they get swept up. First, slippery leaves make for dangerous passage when we're pedestrians, bicyclists and even car drivers. Sweeping them up also keeps sewer drains from clogging or backing up. That's not only dangerous but also unhealthy and costly to fix. Finally, fallen leaves can actually degrade the street surface, which means we'll all have to pay to repave that much sooner. 

In short, cleaning up leaves now actually saves us money in the long run.

Your participation in the annual leaf pickup, either through paying your fee or managing your street leaves yourself, helps protect Portland's urban forest and transportation infrastructure. Thank you.

Which neighborhoods get Leaf Day Service?

Leaf Day Service spans 52 "Zones" across the city with higher than average number of trees and amounts of fallen tree leaves. A list is here

How did you choose which neighborhoods get Leaf Day Service?

The City's urban forest has grown.  Today, about 30 percent of the city has a dense volume of street trees. In the fall, the leaves from these trees can clog our drains, cause dangerous conditions and degrade our asphalt. The sheer volume of leaves can't effectively be cleaned by our regular street cleaning equipment. So for those areas, we have to push, load and haul the street leaves before we can clean the streets to ensure that streets are safe for everyone to use and so that leaves don't clog stormwater drains and flood streets.

How did you decide the leaf pickup schedule?

The fall leaf season is short. When leaves fall from late October to mid-December, removing them from the streets in the city's Leaf Service Area is critical. Based on experience, observation and neighborhood feedback, the City's leaf program does its best to schedule leaf pickup on dates when the highest volume of leaves has fallen in each Leaf Service Zone. Those Zones with the greatest density of trees have two scheduled pickups to get the job done.

We know that Mother Nature can bring strong winds, heavy rainfall, and early snow and ice that impact when the leaves will fall, and we know that milder weather can delay the seasonal leaf fall. We can't change our schedule to accommodate Nature's schedule because the same crews that pick up street leaves are the same crews that clean the other 75 percent of streets in the city that don't receive the leaf pickup service and the same crews that transition to snow and ice operations in winter. Street cleaning equipment cannot operate in temperatures below freezing.

I don't live in one of the city's 52 leaf zones. Will my street get cleaned?

Yes, but there is no scheduled leaf pickup for your street. The City cleans every residential street once a year. Altogether, crews clean 4,022 miles within the City of Portland, including 1,990 miles of residential streets, 1,989 miles of arterial streets, and 43 miles of streets in the central business district. All major arterials get swept 3-4 times per year. 

If you are not in a Leaf Service Zone or if you opt out of the Leaf Day Pickup Service, you may not rake your leaves into the street. Only customers in a leaf service zone who pay for the service are sanctioned by the city to rake their leaves into the street. See City Code regarding unlawful obstruction of a roadway, curb or sidewalk.


 

Leaf Day Service

Will you take tree leaves from elsewhere on my property?

Yes. If you are in a Leaf Service Zone and pay the fee for service, our crews will take away any tree leaves from your property. All you need to do is rake them into the street the day before your scheduled Leaf Day. All other yard debris should be placed in the yard debris bin provided by your garbage hauler. 

If you are not in a Leaf Service Zone or if you opt out of the Leaf Day Pickup Service, you may not rake your leaves into the street. Only customers in a leaf service zone who pay for the service are sanctioned by the city to rake their leaves into the street. See City Code regarding unlawful obstruction of a roadway, curb or sidewalk.

What do I need to do to prepare for Leaf Day?

Check out these tips

Do I have to move my car?

If you'd like the street in front of your property to be the cleanest we can get it, it's smart to move your car on your Leaf Day(s) so that our machines can get right to the curb to remove leaves and clean the street.

If on Leaf Day, someone else's car is parked in front of your property, please ask them to move their car. If that is not possible, please do your best to rake your leaves away from the curb and beyond the car into the middle of the street so that our machines can pick up your leaves.

YES - If you're in a neighborhood with Leaf Day parking enforcement

If your property is in the Inner Westside of Portland (Leaf Zones NW 2, NW 3, NW 4, NW 6, NW 7, NW 8, NW 9, SW 1, SW 2) or in Northeast Portland's Sullivan's Gulch (NE 14), you must move your car or it will be ticketed and towed. Any cars on the street during Leaf Day in these neighborhoods will be towed at their owners' expense. The current (2016) parking citation is $60 plus towing fees. To locate your vehicle, call Police Auto Records at 503-823-0044.

NO - If you're NOT in a neighborhood with Leaf Day parking enforcement

If you're not in one of those Zones, you're under no legal obligation to move your car. You won't be towed or ticketed. We do ask that you move your car, however, so you'll get a better clean in front of your property.

Click here for a one-page notice you use to remind people to move their car off the street for Leaf Day.

Why are Inner Westside and Sullivan's Gulch zones different?

These Leaf Zones (Leaf Zones NW 2, NW 3, NW 4, NW 6, NW 7, NW 8, NW 9, SW 1, SW 2) have the densest parking in the city with limited off-street parking. To provide better service, these Inner Westside neighborhoods have requested the cars left on the street on Leaf Day be ticketed and towed. 

Leaf Zone Northeast 14 - Sullivan's Gulch - is located adjacent to a busy MAX station. People often park in the neighborhood and walk to the station, preventing our crews from cleaning the street. To provide better service, the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood has requested the cars left on the street on Leaf Day be ticketed and towed.

Will you take away all my yard debris?

No. Our crews will only push, load and haul your leaves. Any other yard debris -- like twigs, branches, needles and grass clippings -- must be disposed of some other way, either as part of the normal yard debris service your hauler offers, or composted on site. 

Our crews will take any tree leaves from your property if you just rake them into the street the day before your Leaf Day(s).

If you are not in a Leaf Service Zone or if you opt out of the Leaf Day Pickup Service, you may not rake your leaves into the street. Only customers in a leaf service zone who pay for the service are sanctioned by the city to rake their leaves into the street. See City Code regarding unlawful obstruction of a roadway, curb or sidewalk.

Why do some zones get two service dates, and others only one?

If you're in a two-service zone, your neighborhood has enough falling leaves that the trucks and crews have to come through twice to do the best job. So if you're in a zone receiving two services, don't worry that your street isn't super clean after the first service: there's more to come. 

If you're in a one-day service zone, that means the tree leaf debris is small enough to be removed with one service.

What can I expect to see after each scheduled leaf pickup service?

If your property is in a one-day service zone, crews will be coming through your neighborhood once to push leaves into piles at intersections, load leaves into trucks, and haul them away to a recycling facility where they will be composted. PLUS, street sweepers will sweep your street and flush it with water on the same day. 

The sweepers may follow an hour or two after the leaves are hauled away so if the first crew leaves before the sweepers arrive, don't worry. They will soon be on your street.

If your property is in a two-day service zone, crews will be coming through your neighborhood twice. On the first scheduled pickup date, crews will push leaves into piles at intersections, load leaves into trucks, and haul them away to a recycling facility. You can expect to see some leaf debris on the street because street sweepers and flushing trucks may not be used during this first scheduled pickup. 

On the second scheduled pickup date, crews will again push, load, and haul leaves. PLUS street sweepers will sweep your street and flush it with water. This second pickup will result in a much cleaner street because your street will be swept and flushed. 


Can I opt out of Leaf Day Service?

Please note that the deadline to opt out is 5 p.m. on November 1. If you are in a Leaf Service Zone, you may opt out if either of the following is true AND you let us know by completing our opt-out form:

  • You don't have any street trees on your property (that is, trees in the planting strip between the street and sidewalk) or trees on your property that drop leaves on the street, or
  • You are removing your own leaves -- whether that's raking and bagging them for your curbside recycler; raking, bagging and hauling them yourself to a recycling center; hiring someone else to rake, bag and haul your leaves to a recycling center; or composting your leaves on your property.

If either of the above applies to you, we need you to let us know so we don't bill you. You must agree to have your property spot-checked for compliance with the terms of the opt-out program. On your scheduled Leaf Day(s), a supervisor may spot check the street in front of your property to confirm you complied. To begin the opt-out process, first verify that you are in a Leaf Service Zone and follow the prompts to opt out.


 LEAF ZONE LOCATOR (enter your street address)

 
Or call 503-865-LEAF (5323) to speak to a customer service representative Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Do I have to pay the fee if I don't have any street trees?

You don't have to pay the fee if you don't have any street trees or other trees on your property that drop leaves onto the street. However, you do need to let us know by completing our opt-out form. You must complete an opt-out form each year. To begin the opt-out process, first verify that you are in a Leaf Service Zone and follow the prompts to opt out. 

On your scheduled Leaf Day(s), city staff will spot check the street in front of your property to confirm you don't have any street trees or other trees on your property that drop leaves on the street. Please note that the deadline to opt out is 5 p.m. on November 1.


 

How do I opt out?

Please note that the deadline to opt out is 5 p.m. on November 1. To begin the opt-out process, first verify that you are in a Leaf Service Zone and follow the prompts to opt out. You can also opt out over the phone by calling our Leaf Line at 503-865-LEAF (5323) on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must agree to have your property spot-checked for compliance with the terms of the opt-out program. On your scheduled Leaf Day(s), staff will spot check the street in front of your property to confirm you complied.

 

If I am removing the leaves myself, how much of the street in front of my property do I need to clear?

You need to clear as much as our crews would clear, which is from the curb to the center of the street. On your scheduled Leaf Day(s), staff may spot check the street in front of your property to confirm you complied.

 

Are there any Leaf Depots this year?

No. Leaf depots have been discontinued. Even with an increase in fees the last few years, the City didn't recover the operating costs of providing the service. Leaf depot usage dropped steadily the last several years due to more options for people to manage their leaves themselves (curbside yard debris service, onsite composting, and self-hauling to recycling centers). With the Street Leaf Removal Fee, our crews pick up all yard leaves, not just leaves from street trees, making it okay for people who pay the fee to rake leaves from their yard into the street. This reduces the demand for leaf depots. In addition, the City now provides weekly curbside yard debris pickup, making it even easier for people to manage their leaves through their curbside hauler. Note that haulers may charge for extra yard debris bags. For information on self-haul recycling centers for disposal of leaves and other yard debris, contact Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000.

 


 

If I opt out and clear away my tree leaves the day before my Leaf Day, do I have to do anything else?

No, unless you're in a Zone with enhanced parking enforcement. These zones include Inner Westside (Leaf Zones NW 2, NW 3, NW 4, NW 6, NW 7, NW 8, NW 9, SW 1, SW 2) or in Northeast Portland's Sullivan's Gulch (Zone NE 14). If you are in one of these zones, you'll need to move your car on your Leaf Day or it will be towed at your expense. To find out if you are in one of these zones, enter your address below: 

LEAF ZONE LOCATOR (enter your street address)

 

In other neighborhoods, remember that moving your car allows our machines to sweep up to your curb and provide a better clean in front of your property.

Click here for a one-page notice you may use to remind people to move their car off the street for Leaf Day.


 

 

I don't have any street trees, so I know I can opt out. Do I need to do anything on Leaf Day?

You can opt out if you don't have any street trees or other trees on your property that drop leaves on the street.

Please move your car on your scheduled Leaf Day(s).

If you're in a Zone with enhanced parking enforcement, you'll need to move your car on your Leaf Day or it will be towed at your expense. These zones include Inner Westside (Leaf Zones NW 2, NW 3, NW 4, NW 6, NW 7, NW 8, NW 9, SW 1, SW 2) or in Northeast Portland's Sullivan's Gulch (Zone NE 14). To find out if you are in one of these zones, enter your address below.

Click here for a one-page notice you may use to remind people to move their car off the street for Leaf Day.

LEAF ZONE LOCATOR (enter your street address)

 

In other neighborhoods, remember that moving your car allows our machines to sweep up to your curb and provide a better clean in front of your property. 

 

If I opt out of Leaf Day Pickup Service, may I still rake my other yard leaves into the street for the City to pick up?

No, you may not. Only customers who pay for the Leaf Day Pickup Service may rake their other yard leaves into the street for the City to pick up. Customers who opt out of the service may pass a spot-check that verifies the street is clear of leaves in front of their property on the day of scheduled service. Evidence of leaves raked into the street at a property that opted out of leaf pickup service would be reason to fail a spot-check.

 

How will the spot-check component of the opt-out program work?

Our Leaf Day crews will include staff who may spot check locations that applied to opt out. On the scheduled pickup day(s), staff will check to see if opt-out customers put effort into managing the leaves that fall in the street in front of their property. They will confirm that the leaves were managed and removed from the curb to the center of the street. They will also verify if customers have no street trees or trees on their property that drop leaves in the street. 

If you submit an opt-out application and fail the spot check, you will be billed for the Leaf Day service fee. You may also be subject to administrative fees of $15, which may include the costs of the spot check, billing, appeals process, and additional customer service. 

You will know if your property was spot-checked because we will leave a doorhanger that tells you we were there and whether or not you passed. 

Please be assured that staff will use common sense and good judgment to determine if you complied with the terms of the program. By observing the condition of the street and the amount of leaf debris along the curb, supervisors will be able to determine if you made an adequate effort. If the amount of leaves is only incidental, probably the result of additional leaf fall overnight or wind or rain, you will likely pass the spot check. Supervisors are aware that some leaves from neighboring properties can drift into a cleared area and that leaves can continue to fall overnight. 

However, if the amount of leaves and leaf debris is significant and clearly shows no pickup or cleanup effort, you will likely not pass the spot check. Leaves blown into the street from a neighboring property is not reason alone to fail a spot check. 

In addition, if you say there are no street trees or trees on your property that drop leaves in the street and staff verify this fact in their spot check, you will pass. If supervisors find leaves in the street but no street trees or other trees on your property that could have dropped the leaves, supervisors will assume the leaves blew into the street from a neighboring property and you will pass the spot check. No street trees, no problem. 

However, if you say there are no street trees and staff find that there are in fact trees in the planting strip or on your property that drop leaves in the street, you will fail the spot check. 

 

I opted out last year. Do I have to submit an opt-out application again this year?

Yes. You must submit an opt-out application each year that you decide remove your leaves yourself. The City cannot rely on last year's opt-out applications for the following reasons:

  • The leaf fee bill is tied to the water bill for each address. People move. New residents may not wish to opt out of the service.
  • People's ability or desire to manage their leaves on their own can change. People who opted out last year may wish to participate this year.
  • Trees mature. Trees that did not drop leaves on the street last year may have grown to a size where they do drop leaves on the street this year.

    How to Remove Leaves Yourself

     

    Clear the street in front of your property from the curb to the center of the street.

    We recommend clearing the street the day before your scheduled Leaf Day(s). Make sure that the street abutting your property line is clear of leaves from the curb to the middle of the street, as illustrated in the diagram below. 

    street diagram

    Click on image to enlarge

     

    Once you've raked your leaves, you'll need to decide how to dispose of them.

    You have the following options to remove your leaves if you opt out of Leaf Day Pickup Service:

    1. Rake your leaves and place them in your yard debris roll cart for curbside recycling.  You can also fill bags with leaves for curbside service. Note that haulers may charge extra for extra yard debris bags.
    2. Rake, bag and haul your leaves to a recycling center.
    3. Hire someone else to rake, bag and haul your leaves to a recycling center.
    4. Compost your leaves on your property.

     

    Are there any Leaf Depots this year?

    No. Leaf depots have been discontinued. Even with an increase in fees the last few years, the City didn't recover the operating costs of providing the service. Leaf depot usage dropped steadily the last several years due to more options for people to manage their leaves themselves (curbside yard debris service, onsite composting, and self-hauling to recycling centers). With the Street Leaf Removal Fee, our crews pick up all yard leaves, not just leaves from street trees, making it okay for people who pay the fee to rake leaves from their yard into the street. This reduces the demand for leaf depots. In addition, the City now provides weekly curbside yard debris pickup, making it even easier for people to manage their leaves through their curbside hauler. Note that haulers may charge for extra yard debris bags.

    For information on self-haul recycling centers for disposal of leaves and other yard debris, contact Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000.

     

    On Leaf Day, move your car off the street so that our crew can provide a better clean for you and the neighborhood.

    If you'd like the street in front of your property to be the cleanest we can get it, it's smart to move your car on your Leaf Day(s) so that our machines can get right to the curb to remove leaves and clean the street.

    If you can't move your vehicle off the street, you'll get the best results if you rake your leaves past your vehicle and into the middle of the street.

    If someone else's car is parked in front of your property on Leaf Day, please ask them to move their car. If that is not possible, please do your best to rake your leaves away from the curb and beyond the car into the middle of the street so that our crews can pick up your leaves.

    If you're in a neighborhood with Leaf Day parking enforcement

    If your property is in the Inner Westside of Portland(Leaf Zones NW 2, NW 3, NW 4, NW 6, NW 7, NW 8, NW 9, SW 1, SW 2) or in Northeast Portland's Sullivan's Gulch (Zone NE 14) you must move your car or it will be ticketed and towed. These neighborhoods have asked for parking enforcement during leaf day because of the high number of vehicles parked on the street preventing our crews from picking up the leaves. Any cars on the street during Leaf Day in these neighborhoods will be towed at their owners' expense. The current (2016) parking citation is $60 plus towing fees. To locate your vehicle, call Police Auto Records at 503-823-0044.

    If you're NOT in a neighborhood with Leaf Day parking enforcement

    If you're not in one of those Zones, you're under no legal obligation to move your car. You won't be towed or ticketed. We do ask that you move your car, however, so you'll get a better clean in front of your property.

    Click here for a one-page notice you may use to remind people to move their car off the street for Leaf Day.

     

    On Leaf Day, staff will walk through to confirm the street in front of your property has been cleared so you aren't billed. 

    Our Leaf Day crews will include staff who will spot check your property if you applied to opt out. On your scheduled pickup day(s),  staff will check to see if you put effort into managing the leaves that fall in the street in front of your property. They will confirm that your leaves were removed from the curb to the center of the street. They will also verify if you have no street trees or trees on your property that drop leaves in the street. 

    If you submit an opt-out application and fail the spot check, you will be billed for the Leaf Day service. You may also be subject to administrative fees, which may include the costs of the spot check, billing, appeals process, and additional customer service. 

    You will know if your property was spot-checked because staff will leave a doorhanger that tells you whether or not you passed. 

    Please be assured that staff will use common sense and good judgment to determine if you complied with the terms of the program. By observing the condition of the street and the amount of leaf debris along the curb, they will be able to determine if you made an adequate effort. If the amount of leaves is only incidental, probably the result of additional leaf fall overnight or wind or rain, you will likely pass the spot check. Supervisors are aware that some leaves from neighboring properties can drift into a cleared area and that leaves can continue to fall overnight. 

    However, if the amount of leaves and leaf debris is significant and clearly shows no pickup or cleanup effort, you will likely not pass the spot check. Leaves blown into the street from a neighboring property is not reason alone to fail a spot check. 

    In addition, if you say there are no street trees or trees on your property that drop leaves in the street and staff verify this fact in their spot check, you will pass. If staff find leaves in the street but no street trees or other trees on your property that could have dropped the leaves, they will assume the leaves blew into the street from a neighboring property and you will pass the spot check. No street trees, no problem. 

    However, if you say there are no street trees and staff find that there are in fact trees in the planting strip or on your property that drop leaves in the street, you will fail the spot check. 

     

    If you are not in a Leaf Service Zone, you may not rake your leaves into the street.

    Only customers in a Leaf Service Zone who pay for the service are sanctioned by the city to rake their leaves into the street. To learn about maintaining sidewalks, click here.

    Call 503-865-LEAF (5323) to speak to a customer service representative Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email leafday@portlandoregon.gov.