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Portland Trees

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phone: (503) 823-TREE (8733)

email: trees@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

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


RETROACTIVE PERMIT PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE SAMPLES

A retroactive tree permit (a permit issued after the removal of a regulated tree due to an emergency) may be used when a regulated tree is in an actively failing condition because the condition or location of a tree presents such a clear and present danger to structures or the public that there is insufficient time to obtain a tree permit.  In these cases the hazardous portion(s) of the tree may be removed without first obtaining a required tree permit and must followed by the submission of a retroactive tree permit within 7 days.  

Retroactive tree permits require photographic evidence of the danger to structure or public and these photos must be submitted with the retroactive removal permit application within 7 days of the removal.

The photographs below provide examples of acceptable photos that clearly show the evidence of the danger to structures or the public.

 

 

***Winter Snowstorm Permitting Delays***

The winter storm Portland is currently experiencing has Urban Forestry staff busy responding to emergencies. 

Routine permitting services will be delayed.

503-823-TREE & trees@portlandoregon.gov have received and are responding to many reports of tree hazards or obstructions across the City. If a call or email has already been placed about a tree emergency in a city street, please know Urban Forestry staff will get there as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If a tree emergency exists because the condition or location of a tree presents such a clear and present danger to structures or the public that there is insufficient time to obtain a tree permit, the hazardous portion(s) of the tree may be removed without first obtaining a required tree permit followed by the submission of a retroactive tree permit.  

Retroactive tree permits require photographic evidence of the danger to structure or public and these photos must be submitted with the retroactive removal permit application within 7 days of the removal.

Newly Updated Tree Removal and Replant Permit Application

Urban Forestry has updated the Tree Removal & Replanting Permit Application effective today; December 20, 2016. 

Changes include:

  • Removal of instructions from the application. You can find the instructions on our website:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/trees/article/621451
    • Tree Service Provider section has been added
    • Permit type(s) have been separated
    • Retroactive permit clarification provided
    • Removal of “statement of authorization” and overlay zones
    • Clarification on replanting waivers and replanting responsibilities

Please submit any questions regarding this update to trees@portlandoregon.gov

***Ice Storm Causing Delays***

The recent ice storm caused extensive tree damage across the city. Urban Forestry staff are still very busy responding to those emergencies and regular permit services will be delayed.

We have received and are responding to many reports of tree hazards or obstructions in city streets. If a call or email has already been placed about a tree emergency in a city street, please know Urban Forestry staff will get there as soon as possible, and thank you for your understanding.

If you are requesting a retroactive permit, you must provide photographic evidence of the danger to structure or public and submit photos with a retroactive removal permit application within 7 days of the removal.