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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

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


Updated Tree Removal and Replant Permit Application as of 1.30.2017

Urban Forestry has updated the Tree Removal & Replanting Permit Application effective today; January 30, 2017. We made changes in response to feedback from the tree service community and the City’s legal team.  Please ALWAYS find updated versions of the application on our website, https://www.portlandoregon.gov/TREES/65395.

Urban Forestry will give a reasonable transitional period between the old and new application. Applications in progress with the old application will be accepted.   Please submit new applications on the updated form.  The new form can be identified by the footnote at the bottom of the page “updated 1/30/2017”.

Please call (503) 823-8733 or email trees@portlandoregon.gov with questions.

Thank you,

Urban Forestry Staff

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.