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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Trees

Call before you cut

phone: (503) 823-TREE (8733)


1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

This page will post important announcements from Urban Forestry and service level updates for permits. 

Urban Forestry DSC Closures: July 2nd, July 4th and July 9th through July 13th

The Urban Forestry desk at the Development Services Permit Center will be closed on Monday July 2nd, Wednesday July 4th and from Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 13.

Applicants are welcome to drop off completed Removal and Replanting Permit applications with a check for $35 at the Receptionist’s Desk on the 5th floor.

If you have general questions, Urban Forestry can be reached at 503-823-TREE (8733) or

We apologize for any inconvenience and will resume regular business hours on Monday, July 16. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through increased permit volumes and staffing changes.

Urban Forestry Permit Center Early Closure Wednesday 5/30

Urban Forestry staff will be unavailable at the Permit Center beginning at 2:15pm on Wednesday May 30th, 2018.  Tree Permit Applicants are welcome to drop off completed removal applications, with a check for $35, at the 5th floor reception. If you have general questions, please call (503) 823-TREE (8733) or email Urban Forestry at

We apologize for any inconvenience and will resume normal hours on Thursday May 31st.


Urban Forestry

NOTICE: Longer Wait Times for Urban Forestry Permit Issuance!

It’s spring! That means Urban Forestry permit volume is increasing.

Each year, around this time, Urban Forestry experiences higher permit application volumes.  Due to the increase in volume our typical turn-around times for permit issuance are extended from 3 weeks to approximately 4/5 weeks from application intake.

If you would like to check the status of your permit application please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the Portland Maps Permit/Case Search website at
  2. Type in the address and hit "Submit"
  3. Click on the applicable permit/case number
  4. The permit status is listed under "Status"

If you have specific questions regarding your permit application please contact 503-823-TREE (8733).

We appreciate your patience as we work through the increased volume in applications. 

Urban Forestry

Deferred Tree Planting Begins May 1st


Warmer weather is on the way, and that means it is time to postpone planting trees. The tree planting deferral season begins May 1st and ends on October 1st.

If you apply for a Tree Removal and Replanting Permit or a Tree Planting Permit after April 30th, your permit will indicate replanting should wait until after October 1st.  This is to ensure the new tree will have time to adjust to its new surroundings before focusing its energy on new growth and staying cool.

It may seem strange for Urban Forestry to ask you not to plant trees when the weather is so nice, but there is a good reason!  Trees planted during hot, dry weather are less likely to survive. During these warmer months the newly planted tree is working overtime trying to establish itself in its new environment and growing new roots while experiencing limited water.  However, in fall, water requirements are lower, rainfall is more abundant, the temperature is cooler and roots grow best in cooler soils.  The cooler temperatures allow the trees to focus energy on growing roots and becoming better established prior to spending energy on growing new leaves.

Remember to mark your calendars to plant your new tree beginning October 2nd, 2018!

Click here for more information on planting trees in Portland.

Contact Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733) for any questions!



Attention, new permits for Urban Forestry are coming May 1st!

The new redesigned permits include a more clearly marked ‘Posting’ page for removal permits (see below). This posting page is required to be posted on site in a location visible to pedestrians and motorists while approved tree removal work is underway (11.30.100.A.). The location of the posting is up to the homeowner or the contractor, but often posting the notice on the door, or in the window of a work truck is a suitably visible place for passersby.

The updated look of the permits will begin May 1st, so be on the look out for the redesigned permit.