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Portland Trees

Call before you cut

phone: (503) 823-TREE (8733)

email: trees@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

Do I need a permit?

Find out if you need a permit to do tree work. For tree permit applications, click on the links below. 

County Urban Pocket Areas

 Click here to find out when Title 11 applies to County Urban Pocket Areas

Tree emergencies

Do you have an emergency street tree situation? A tree emergency is any immediate tree hazard that is blocking or threatening a public street or public right-of-way. Call Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733) to report a street tree emergency. Emergency dispatchers are available 24/7.

Do you need a street tree health inspection?

If your street tree is declining or in poor condition and you don't know why or you need advice about your tree, you may contact Urban Forestry for a free street tree health inspection by submitting this health inspection application form or filing out an online application form. An Urban Forestry Tree Inspector will visit your site and counsel you on an appropriate course of action for your tree. 

Are you in the process of developing or redeveloping your property?

Tree removal, planting, and pruning during development are handled as part of your development permit with the Bureau of Development Services. See Development for details.

Tree complaints

Is there a dangerous or hazardous tree in your neighborhood? Is someone removing a tree without a permit? Report a tree problem or violation.

What is a street tree?

Click here to learn how to tell if a tree is a street tree or a private property tree.

Permit Requirements

REMOVE AND REPLACE TREES

Street trees

No permit is required for removing sucker shoots or self-sown trees that are less than 1/4 inch in diameter

Permit required

 Get a permit

Private trees

Click here to determine if a permit is required

Get a permit

PLANT TREES

Street Trees

Permit required

Get a permit

Private Trees

No permit required

 

PRUNE TREES

Street Trees

No permit is required for pruning branches less than 1/4 inch in diameter at attachment

Permit required

Get a permit

Private Trees

     Native trees in c, p, or v overlay zones

     All other private trees

 

Permit required


No permit required

 

Get a permit

ROOT PRUNE TREES

Street trees

No permit is required for pruning roots less than 1/4 inch in diameter at attachment

Permit required

Call 823-TREE (8733) to get a permit

Private trees

No permit required

 

ANY TREE WORK ON HERITAGE TREES

Heritage Trees, all

Permit required

Get a permit

PERMANENTLY ATTACHING ITEMS TO TREES
(attaching items to trees for 6 or more months at a time) 

Street Trees

Permit required

Get a permit

Private Trees

No permit required

 

CABLING, BRACING, PESTICIDE APPLICATION, and OTHER TREE WORK

Street Trees

Permit required

Get a permit

Private Trees

No permit required

 

Questions? Call Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733) or email trees@portlandoregon.gov