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Phone: 503-823-7300

Email: bds@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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New City Tree Program and Regulations

On January 2, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and Urban Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Recreation (UF/PPR) will implement elements of the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project (“Tree Project”). The Tree Project was approved by City Council in May 2011, and was funded in the FY 2014/2015 budget. This project will allow better management of Portland’s tree canopy, and provide efficiencies such as:

Street TreesImproved customer service through a tree-only web site, employees dedicated to administer and inspect for tree requirements, improved informational documents and co-location of Urban Forestry staff in the 1900 Building and Development Service Center. New regulations (Title 11, Trees) that consolidate most tree-related regulations into one city title. BDS Land Use Services, Planning and Zoning will administer the new regulations that apply in development situations and Urban Forestry staff will administer permitting and regulations that apply in non-development situations. A tree inspections program with City staff in which certified arborists inspect applicable projects to ensure that tree protection and planting regulations are met.

Training on the Tree Project and regulations is being offered, see the table below. Please RSVP with Lauren Wirtis at 503-823-7538 or Lauren.Wirtis@portlandoregon.gov so that we can ensure there is adequate seating and hand-out material available. We strongly encourage construction industry professionals to attend the training that best meets the needs of your expertise and practice. If you cannot make a training class, additional information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/trees or by calling 503-823-TREE.

Date & Time Location Topic Who should attend
Friday
November 7, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
Tree preservation and planting requirements for development projects Building permit applicants
Thursday
November 13, 2014
6 – 7 pm
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Ave
Room C (2nd Floor)
Tree permit requirements for non-development projects Tree care professionals, Landscapers, Homeowners
Thursday
November 20, 2014
12 – 1 pm
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Ave
Room C (2nd Floor)
Tree permit requirements for non-development projects Tree care professionals, Landscapers, Homeowners
Wednesday
December 10, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
New tree requirements for land use reviews Land use review applicants
Wednesday
December 17, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
Tree preservation and planting requirements for development projects Building permit applicants

Information about the Citywide Tree Project and regulations, can also be found at the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project Code and Commentary document.