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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

Determine if your tree is in a specially regulated Overlay Zone or Plan District

Why are these overlay zones and plan districts special?

Certain areas of the city have significant natural resources or environmentally or culturally sensitive features, such as floodplains, wetlands, scenic views, steep slopes, native vegetation, or historic elements. The City acknowledges these sensitive areas by restricting certain activities in order to protect resources that provide benefits to the public. These benefits include reducing stormwater runoff and erosion, enhancing water quality, retaining native vegetation, and preserving historic elements and scenic views.

In certain environmental overlay zones and plan districts, private property trees of any size may require a permit for removal. These areas include:

Overlay zones:

Plan Districts:

  • Cascade Station/Portland International Center Plan District
  • Columbia South Shore Plan District
  • Johnson Creek Basin Plan District
  • Portland International Airport Plan District
  • Rocky Butte Plan District
  • South Auditorium Plan District

Find out if your tree is in a special overlay zone or plan district

  1. Go to Portland Maps at www.portlandmaps.com/
  2. Type in the address of the property and hit "Search"
  3. You may have to click on the correct address if you are given a list of matching addresses
  4. Click on the "Maps" link
  5. Click on the "Zoning" link
  6. Look for following "Overlay" and "Plan District" designations:
          • Overlay Zones: c, g, h, i, n, p, q, r, s, v
          • Plan Districts:
                  • Cascade Station/Portland International Center Plan District
                  • Columbia South Shore Plan District
                  • Johnson Creek Basin Plan District
                  • Portland International Airport Plan District
                  • Rocky Butte Plan District
                  • South Auditorium Plan District

If you wish to remove a street tree or a private tree in a special overlay zone or plan district, call 503-823-TREE (8733) before tree removal.

Have the following information available when you call:

  • The address of the lot
  • The overlay zone and/or plan district designation
  • The number of trees you wish to remove
  • The location of the tree(s) on the lot
  • If the tree(s) is(are) a nuisance species or not
  • The diameter of the tree(s)
  • The condition of the tree(s) (if the trees are healthy or dead, dying, or dangerous, etc.)
  • Your name, phone number, and relationship to the property

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