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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Trees

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phone: (503) 823-TREE (8733)

email: trees@portlandoregon.gov

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

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


Public Testimony Invited for Portland City Council Consideration of Tree Code Updates, 10/29/20

The public is invited to review and provide testimony before the City Council on a package of updates to Portland’s Tree Code relating to:

  1. Removal of exemptions to tree preservation and tree planting requirements when development occurs in certain commercial and industrial zones; 
  2. Strengthening tree preservation requirements when development occurs on private property, citywide.

This ordinance will come before the Portland City Council on Thursday, Oct. 29, no earlier than 2 p.m. (time certain).
The City Council meeting will be held online.
Information about viewing the livestream of the meeting will be posted on the City’s video page.

 Click here to learn about learn more about the proposed amendments and how you can submit verbal or written testimony.

  • Verbal testimony – Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm
  • Written testimony – Recommended to submit written testimony before Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm

9/21/2020 Update: Urban Forestry Inspections Resumed

As of Monday September 21, 2020 Urban Forestry inspections have resumed following improved air quality conditions. This includes Urban Forestry permitting inspections for development and non-development permitting. Permit issuance delays may continue as inspections were postponed September 14-18 during hazardous air quality conditions.

9/14/2020 Update: Postponed Inspections Due to Hazardous Air Quality

All field inspections are postponed for Urban Forestry staff while air quality remains hazardous. This includes Urban Forestry permitting inspections for development and non-development permitting.  Permit issuance may experience delays at this time. An update will be posted when the inspections can be resumed.

9/08/2020 Update: Wind Storm and Tree Emergencies

The current wind storm has caused a high volume of tree emergencies across the city.  Urban Forestry staff are working quickly to respond and, as a result, non-emergency intake processing may experience delays.

To report trees or limbs down and blocking a public street, please call 503-823-TREE(8733) and select Option 1. Tree emergency response is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are seeking a retroactive permit, you must provide photographic evidence of the danger to structure or public and submit photos with a retroactive permit application within 7 days of the tree work.  For information on retroactive emergency removals, please see our website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/trees/article/497516