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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

Planting Permit FAQs

Can I plant a tree that isn’t on the Approved Street Tree Planting List?

  • Your assigned Urban Forestry Tree Inspector will help you select a tree that both maximizes the available growing space and that is unlikely to cause damage to the sidewalk or interfere with sight lines and utilities. If your tree selection meets these "Right Tree, Right Place" criteria the Tree Inspector may approve a different species for planting.

Where can I buy trees of the required size?

  • Visit our list of nurseries for business that sell trees that meet the caliper size requirements.

Where can I get help planting?

  • Planting a 1.5-2.0 inch caliper tree can be done by the property owner, but larger trees will require assistance due to the weight of the tree and root ball. Visit Friends of Trees to see if this nonprofit plants in your neighborhood, or see the Local Tree Care Providers list for contractors.

When is the best time to plant trees?

  • Plant trees in the wet months between October 1 and April 30. For more details on planting, watering, and caring for your young tree visit the Planting and Care section.
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