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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. 

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.

Elm Tree Pruning Moratorium Begins April 15

ELM TREE PRUNING MORATORIUM is effective from April 15th - October 15th due to the spread of Dutch Elm Disease (DED).  To find out more about the moratorium, pruning restrictions and proper elm wood disposal procedures, click here.

Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Regarding Trees in Development Situations, Become Effective March 16, 2018


Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Regarding Trees in Development Situations,  Become Effective March 16, 2018

These changes were approved by the Portland City Council on Feb. 14, 2018 and will go into effect on March 16, 2018

The amendments to Title 11 and results for customers are summarized as follows: 

  • Trees are subject to the preservation requirements of PCC 11.50, Trees in Development Situations, ONLY IF ground disturbance impacts the Root Protection Zone of at least one regulated tree. Removal of trees through a development permit is no longer allowed if no regulated tree faces an impact by the development.
  • Clarifies that if not subject to 11.50, Trees in Development Situations, removal of regulated trees must be approved through Urban Forestry Tree Permit subject to 11.40, Tree Permit Requirements. 
  • Existing trees must still be shown on the site plan for all development permits to document tree sizes, species and resulting root protections zones, UNLESS there are no Private Trees 12 inches or greater, no City Trees six inches or greater, no Street Trees three inches or greater, and the Tree Density requirements do not apply. 
  • The appeal process for 11.50, Trees in Development Situations is codified and allows for an Administrative Review by City Forester or BDS Director, as appropriate, with appeal to Code Hearings Officer. 

If you have questions about how these changes apply to a specific development situation, please call the Bureau of Development Services Planning & Zoning Hotline at 503-823-PLAN (7526) or visit the Development Services Center (DSC). For more information from Bureau of Development Services, visit News & Events.

For questions about trees in Non-development situations or in the public right-of-way, please call Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733), email, or visit