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Portland Trees

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phone: (503) 823-TREE (8733)


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. 

Beginning November 17: NEW Pruning Permit Application with Inspection

NEW Tree Pruning Permit Application with Inspection

Beginning November 17th, 2020, the following changes are in effect. The links in this notification will be updated with a new application form on November 17.

NEW Tree Pruning with Inspection Application + NEW $50 fee

• On November 17, the new application will be available for download here.
• Paper applications will continue to be accepted by mail and must include the $50 fee.

 Mail applications and fee to:
           Urban Forestry
           1900 SW 4th Ave. Suite 5000
           Portland, OR 97201

• Applications and fee payment accepted online through DevHub

To qualify for a free self-issued online pruning permit through DevHub you must meet the following criteria:

Pruning is for branches less than 6 inches in diameter at attachment to the stem.

Pruning type is one or more of the following - young tree pruning, crown cleaning or crown raising for clearance of the street and sidewalk (7.5 feet above the sidewalk, 11 feet above residential streets, and 14 feet over arterial streets) as defined in the Street Tree Pruning Standards.

The tree is not a Heritage Tree.

If your tree pruning needs do not meet the self-issued permit criteria a Tree Pruning Permit Application with Inspection & $50 fee is required.

View the Urban Forestry Fee Schedule.

Financial Assistance for Tree Permit Application Fees is available for those who qualify!

For questions, please contact Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE(8733) or by email


Online Tree Permit Applications Unavailable Wednesday October 28 from 5:00 to 7:30PM

Due to system maintenance, Development HUB PDX (DevHub) will not be available on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. During this time, tree permit applications may not be submitted online and self-issued online pruning permits are not available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.