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Tree Permits

Information on tree permits, title 11, title 33, and more

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Tree emergencies

Do you have an emergency street tree situation? A tree emergency is any immediate tree hazard that is blocking or threatening a public street or public right-of-way. 

Call Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733) to report a street tree emergency. Emergency dispatchers are available 24/7.

Do I need a tree permit?

Find out if you need a permit to do tree work. For tree permit applications, click on the links below.

Permit Requirements

Remove and replace trees

Street trees

No permit is required for removing sucker shoots or self-sown trees that are less than 1/2 inch in diameter

Permit required

Apply for a permit

Development Hub PDX

Private trees

Click here to determine if a permit is required

Apply for a permit

Development Hub PDX

Plant trees

Street Trees

Permit required

Apply for a permit

Private Trees

No permit required

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Prune trees

Street Trees
No permit is required for pruning branches less than 1/2 inch in diameter at the attachment

Permit required

Apply for a permit

Private Trees
Native trees in c, p, or v overlay zones

Permit required

Apply for a permit

All other private trees

No permit required

Apply for a permit

Root prune trees

Street trees
No permit is required for pruning roots less than 1/4 inch in diameter at the attachment

Permit required

Development Hub PDX

Private trees

No permit required

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Do any work on Heritage Trees

Heritage Trees, all

Permit required

Apply for a permit

Permanently attaching items to trees
(attaching items to trees for 6 or more months at a time) 

Street Trees

Permit required

Apply for a permit

Private Trees

No permit required

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Cabling, bracing, pesticide application, and other tree work

Street Trees

Permit required

Apply for a permit

Private Trees

No permit required

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Questions? Call Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733) or email trees@portlandoregon.gov

Are you in the process of developing or redeveloping your property?

Tree removal, planting, and pruning during development are handled as part of your development permit with the Bureau of Development Services. See Development for details.

Tree complaints

Is there a dangerous or hazardous tree in your neighborhood? Is someone removing a tree without a permit? Report a tree problem or violation.

What is a street tree?

A street tree is any tree that is growing in the City right-of-way, whether in improved (between the sidewalk and the curb) or unimproved (no sidewalk and/or curb) right-of-way.

How do I determine if a tree is a street tree or a private property tree?

Many street trees are in the planting strip between the sidewalk and the curb. Most trees within 12 feet of the roadway (paved or unpaved) are street trees.

To determine if a tree in an alleyway or unimproved street is a street tree:

  1. Go to PortlandMaps.com.
  2. Type in the address, or navigate to your location on the map.
  3. Click on the airplane icon at the top to turn on the aerial photo view.
  4. Determine if the tree is inside or outside of the yellow lot line. If it is inside (or mostly inside) the line, then it is a private property tree. 

If the tree is partially on private property and partially in the right-of-way, how do I determine if it is a street tree or a private property tree?

A tree that straddles a private property line and the street is a street tree.

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