Information on tree permits, title 11, title 33, and more
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.
Remove and replace trees
No permit is required for removing sucker shoots or self-sown trees that are less than 1/2 inch in diameter
All other private trees
No permit required
Root prune trees
No permit required
Do any work on Heritage Trees
Heritage Trees, all
Permanently attaching items to trees
(attaching items to trees for 6 or more months at a time)
Cabling, bracing, pesticide application, and other tree work
Questions? Call Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733) or email email@example.com
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.
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:
- Go to PortlandMaps.com.
- Type in the address, or navigate to your location on the map.
- Click on the airplane icon at the top to turn on the aerial photo view.
- 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.