Where to find tree permit applications, financial assistance programs, and other fee information. Please contact us at 823-TREE (8733) with any questions.
Tree Permit Definitions
Street Trees are trees planted in the public area between the street and up to and often past the sidewalk (also known as: the right-of-way). Street Trees are the responsibility of the most adjacent property owner. Street trees and private trees have different regulations, which can determine if you need a permit. How can I tell if I have Street Trees?
Private Trees are located entirely on private property. Spacing between the right-of-way (ROW) and private property line varies. Do I need a Permit? has directions for identifying property lines on a city map by searching an address. Any tree straddling the line is a street tree.
Heritage Trees have been formally recognized by City Council for their unique size, age, historical or horticultural significance, and generally have a sign on the trunk.
Development Hub PDX is an online application system, where you can create an account, apply for a permit, and make a payment.
Removal and Replanting
No permit is required for removing sucker shoots or self-sown trees that are less than 1/2 inch in diameter.
No Permit Required
A permit is required except for pruning branches less than 1/2 inch in diameter at attachment.
|All Other Private Trees||No Permit Required|
Root Prune Trees
A permit is required except for pruning roots less than 1/4 inch in diameter at attachment.
|Private Trees||No Permit Required|
Heritage Trees - All Tree Work
Heritage Trees, All
A permit from Urban Forestry is required before pruning, inoculating, or doing any other tree work on a Heritage Tree, whether the tree is in the City right-of-way or on private property.
Attaching Items to Trees
|Private Trees||No permit required|
Ornamental Lights for Street Trees
Other Tree Work
Visit this page for information on qualifying for financial Assistance for Tree Permit Application Fees. You will qualify if you are able to provide proof of enrollment in the Portland Water Bureau Bill Discount Program. Also, you must own and live at the property for which you apply.
Development Hub PDX, the City of Portland’s streamlined customer portal for online permitting.
Some helpful user guides for registering/log-in, viewing and paying fees.
Blanket permits for public utilities and government agencies involved in routine tree maintenance.
Urban Forestry Fee Schedule
Questions? Call Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733) or email firstname.lastname@example.org