Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
STREET TREE REMOVAL (for trees growing in the right-of-way, between the curb and sidewalk)
If a street tree is an imminent hazard, call 503-823-4489 and request an emergency inspection.
Portland's urban forest is a valuable asset, and all trees on public property are protected. Trees provide increasing benefits as they grow, and mature trees are an asset that requires decades to replace. Urban Forestry carefully considers each and every request to remove a street tree, and encourages tree planting, regular tree maintenance, and alternatives to tree removal except where no viable alternative exists. Street trees can only be removed if they meet the criteria of being dead, dying or dangerous. Conditions that do not warrant removal include the tree dropping fruit or leaves, the tree being perceived as too tall or making too much shade or the cost of routine maintenance. Details on the removal and replanting process are found in the Street Tree Removal & Replanting brochure.
If a permit for street tree removal is granted, mitigation will be required and is usually in the form of replanting a 2" caliper tree chosen from our recommended street tree list.
To request a Removal & Replanting Permit:
Failure to obtain a permit or meet the conditions of the permit, such as failure to replant, may result in fines of up to $1,000 per violation.
PRIVATE PROPERTY TREE REMOVAL (for trees growing in yards, not in the public right-of-way)
Call Urban Forestry at (503) 823-4489 to determine if a site requires a permit for private tree removal.
The City of Portland's Tree Cutting Ordinance regulates the cutting of trees 12" in diameter (measured at 4.5 feet above ground) or greater on certain private properties. Title 33, the zoning code, also regulates trees in environmental zones and certain plan districts. You may need a permit from the Bureau of Development Services or Urban Forestry if your property is located in certain environmental zones, if existing trees are protected through land use regulations, if the property is a corner lot, or if the property is dividable. Please call Urban Forestry at 503-823-4489 and a Tree Inspector will review your property status to determine which permit is required, if necessary.