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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Trees

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phone: (503) 823-TREE (8733)


1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

Permit Decision Appeal Application and Public Notices

This describes the process for non-development permits issued by Urban Forestry. Click here for building code appeals.

When can I appeal a permit decision?

The applicant can appeal any Urban Forestry permit decision, including decisions to deny the permit.
The public can appeal an Urban Forestry decision when public notice is required. 

When are public notices required for tree removals?

Click here to see when public notices are required for tree removals in non-development situations. 

Where can I view public notices for pending tree removals?

Public notices are emailed to the Neighborhood Association and posted onsite in a location visible from the street. 

When can a denied permit be appealed?

The applicant or property owner can appeal any permit that has been denied by Urban Forestry.

When can an approved permit be appealed?

A Neighborhood Association or individual members of the public may appeal a decision allowing a tree to be removed when public notice is required.

Appeal process

Tree permit appeals must be filed within 14 calendar days of the notice of decision or the public notice posting. The appeal application must describe how the decision erred in applying the relevant standards or review factors. 

Appeals are heard by the Urban Forestry Appeals Board, a sub-group of the Urban Forestry Commission. Appeal hearings will generally be scheduled within 45 days of the date the appeal was filed. Either party may request to delay the hearing with good cause.

Notice of the appeal hearing will be sent to the applicant (and appellant and the Neighborhood Association, if applicable) at least 14 days before the hearing. The applicant will be provided with a copy of the appeal hearing notice to post on the site in a location clearly visible from the street nearest the tree.

The Appeals Board will consider the application against the applicable standard or review factors, taking into consideration information provided by the applicant, the appellant, City staff, and members of the Appeals Board if they visit the site. 

The Appeals Board may affirm or reverse the original permit decision. The Appeals Board will only reverse or remand the permit decision upon finding that the decision is not supported by substantial evidence, or upon finding that the decision was arbitrary or capricious or an abuse of discretion. 

The decision of the Appeals Board is final and may not be appealed to another review body within the City. 

Appeal fee

There is a fee for submitting an appeal application.