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Citywide Tree Project: Overview

Thanks to the extensive input from community stakeholders, ongoing assistance from City bureaus, and 5 months of hard work by the Portland Planning Commission and Urban Forestry Commission, we believe that the proposal to City Council truly represents a clear, cohesive, consistent, equitable, efficient and cost-effective regulatory framework for trees in Portland.

The Citywide Tree Project will establish a cohesive, consistent regulatory framework for trees in Portland - a framework that will protect and enhance the urban forest and support the City's environmental, social and economic sustainability goals by:

  • Consolidating tree regulations under a new single tree code (Title 11, Trees)
  • Standardizing and streamlining Portland's tree permit system and creating a simple permit process for homeowners
  • Improving standards for tree preservation and planting when development is proposed, without causing undue increases in permitting timelines or development costs
  • Improving customer service with a new 24-hour tree hotline, single point of contact for public inquiries, community tree manual and an online tree permit tracking system
  • Generating at least 100 more acres of future tree canopy per year through improved tree preservation and planting requirements

The Citywide Tree Project proposal includes estimated costs and a budget to fund administration and enforcement of the updated regulations and customer service improvements. A phased implementation strategy is proposed to provide time for public outreach, development of the tree manual and other informational materials. Project implementation is also tied to City budget stabilization, but the majority of the ongoing implementation costs can be supported through modest development fee increases.

The City will also be holding a public meeting to go over the project proposal and answer questions in early-mid January. If you have questions or are interested in being on the project mailing list, please notify project staff at

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