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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

Other Street Tree Permits

**Service Level Update: Permit Turnaround Times - Urban Forestry is experiencing an overall increase in permit volumes, leading to increases in permit turnaround times. Please allow approximately 3-4 weeks to receive your permit after the application is received.**

 

When is a permit required?

Application and instructions

Only an owner of the property abutting the planting strip, or the owner's designee, may apply for a street tree permit. Permits are free and come with an inspection by an Urban Forestry Tree Inspector.

Request a street tree health inspection or permit one of the following ways:

        • Email: trees@portlandoregon.gov
        • Mail: Attn: Urban Forestry, 1900 SW 4th Ave. Suite 5000, Portland, OR 97201
        • In person: Development Services Center (DSC), 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201, first floor
          Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 AM - 12 PM and 12:30 PM - 3 PM, Thursdays from 8 AM - 12 PM
        • Fax: 503-823-4493

Timeline and process

Street tree permits take approximately 10 business days to process. Incomplete applications will delay the process. 

After the application has been received, an Urban Forestry Tree Inspector will visit the site to inspect the tree to determine if it is appropriate to issue the requested permit. If the Tree Inspector needs more information or wishes to discuss the application, they will contact the applicant. The Tree Inspector will then send the applicant either the street tree permit or a letter denying the street tree permit.

Street tree permits are generally valid for 30 days. 

Qualifying for a permit

Permits for other tree work, including chemical application, cabling, bracing, are issued when tree conditions warrant the intervention. A certified arborist must approve of and supervise the treatment.

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