Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
Before You Plant
Before planting a tree on a city street (right-of-way), you need to obtain a planting permit. The permit is free and includes an on-site inspection. Before purchasing your tree, call Urban Forestry at 503-823-4489 to request your planting permit and schedule a free on-site inspection. The inspector will make sure the tree you choose is the right tree for the location and will answer any questions you may have. This will ensure that the tree provides the maximum benefit and requires minimal maintenance in the future.
Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place
The best street tree is one that fits well in the available space. To help property owners choose the right tree, the City maintains lists of recommended street trees based on the width of the planting strip and the presence/absence of overhead power lines. Generally only primary lines (the power lines usually located above transformers) affect tree selection because trees must not come into contact with these high voltage carriers.
Young street trees may require pruning to remove low limbs if they interfere with traffic, stop signs or pedestrians. As your tree grows, check for these issues and call 503-823-4489 to request a pruning permit and schedule a free pruning inspection. Also, review the Guidelines for Pruning Young Shade Trees.
Find the appropriate recommended street tree planting list below