phone: (503) 823-TREE (8733)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
For private property trees, a permit is required to prune native trees in Environmental Overlay Zones or the Pleasant Valley Natural Resources Overlay Zone
For all other private property trees, pruning permits are not required.
For street tree pruning permits, click here.
A permit is not required for pruning trees in the following situations:
Private tree pruning permits are not self-issuable.
Only an owner of the property or the owner's designee may apply for a private tree pruning permit. Request a private tree pruning permit one of the following ways:
Pruning is limited to 5 native trees per calendar year per 10,000 square feet of site area.
Private Tree Pruning Permit Applications require a pruning plan from a certified arborist.
All pruning work must meet industry standards. Pruning on regulated trees done without a permit or pruning that does not meet the standards may be treated as a code violation and be subject to civil and criminal penalties and tree replacement.
Private Tree Pruning Permit Applications take approximately 2-3 weeks to process. Incomplete applications will delay the process.
Pruning permits are valid for 30 days.
A certified arborist must supervise or conduct the pruning.