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Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1000, Portland, OR 97204

Treebate Program Details

Every tree planted in Portland contributes to clean rivers and healthy watersheds. So, if you plant an eligible tree on a residential property between September 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014, Environmental Services will credit your city water/sewer utility bill for half the purchase price per tree up to $15 (small), $25 (medium) or $50 (large) depending on mature tree size and stormwater management potential.

Download a list of mature tree size categories and examples.

How to Get Your Treebate

  1. Purchase a tree between September 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014*
  2. Plant it in your Portland residential yard. Complete and submit a Treebate form by April 30, 2014-include the tree purchase receipt with the purchase price circled
  3. Receive a credit on your city water/sewer utility bill

*Generally, most tree species are eligible for a Treebate; see the eligible list for conditions and ineligible list for exclusions.

 

tree stormwater benefits

Treebate Credit Amount

  • 50% of purchase price up to $15, $25 or $50 depending upon mature size and stormwater management potential
  • City staff determine the credit amount for you based on mature tree size and growth rate as shown in the following table:

 

Mature Size

Minimum Mature Height

Mature Height x Width

Large

50 feet

≥ 2,500 ft2

Medium

30 feet

> 1,000 ft2, <2,500 ft2

Small

15 feet

≤ 1,000 ft2

Treebate Eligible Trees (meet ALL these requirements):

  • Trees planted in Portland residential yards
  • Trees with tree trunks measuring at least 1 inch in diameter 6 inches above the soil line that are at least 6 feet tall if broadleaf and 4 feet tall if coniferous (has needles) at time of planting
  • Trees planted with enough space to reach full canopy spread
  • Trees purchased, planted and submitted with proof of purchase between September 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014

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Treebate Ineligible Trees (are ANY of these): 

  • Trees planted in the street right of way or any other non-residential location
  • Trees less than 15 feet tall at maturity
  • Trees that do not meet the size requirements detailed in the eligible list
  • Trees purchased, planted and submitted during the months of May, June, July and August
  • Trees otherwise subsidized by the city (e.g., planted with Friends of Trees)
  • Trees planted to satisfy a condition of development or mitigation
  • Arborescent shrubs and hedges (e.g. small ornamental conifers, arborvitae)
  • Trees on the City Nuisance Plant List below:

Norway maple

Acer platanoides

Tree of heaven

Ailanthus altissima

White poplar

Populus alba

Cutleaf birch

Betula pendula

English holly

Ilex aquifolium

Siberian elm

Ulmus pumila

Golden chain tree

Laburnum watereri

Princess tree

Paulownia tomentosa

English laurel

Prunus laurocerasus

English hawthorne

Crataegus monogyna

Sweet cherry

Prunus avium

Black locust

Robinia pseudoacacia

European mountain ash

Sorbus aucuparia

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Protect Your Investment

Late fall through early spring is prime tree planting season. Be sure to plant your tree correctly and give it proper care and maintenance. Newly planted trees require deep weekly watering (~10 gal.) during the dry summer season from June through September.

See the diagram below for tree planting tips. 

how to plant your tree 

Submit a treebate request form with your proof of purchase to:

Environmental Services Treebate Program

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000
Portland, OR 97204 

Program and Planting Information
Contact Jennifer Karps at 503-823-2263.

The city will post Treebates as a credit to your water/sewer utility bill.

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