A permit is required to install ornamental lights in street trees. Below are some basic facts and links for supplemental information.
When is a Permit Required?
- Street trees: A permit is required to install ornamental lights.
- Private trees: No permit is required to install ornamental lights.
- Heritage Trees: A permit is required to for attaching items to Heritage Trees.
Application and Instructions
Only an owner of the property abutting the planting strip, the property owner's designee, or a neighborhood business association may apply for a Ornamental Lights for Street Trees Permit.
There is a non-refundable fee for an Ornamental Lighting application.
Administrative Rule PRK-2.02 Street Tree Ornamental Lighting Guidelines and Permit Fees is the guiding document for the process.
Seasonal Lighting: are light systems installed for 120 days or less. They must be removed at the end of the permitted timeframe.
Non-Seasonal Lighting: are lighting systems installed for more than 120 days. They require annual inspections and adjustments.
Block Face: when proposing lights along an entire block with multiple addresses describe the location as the street and the two cross streets. (i.e. E Burnside from SE 4th to SE 5th)
Timeline and Process
Once an application is received and deemed complete it will be processed to a Tree Inspector who will perform an on-site inspection. If the Tree Inspector needs more information or wishes to discuss the application, they will contact the applicant. The Tree Inspector will make a permitting decision and send a Notice of Decision to the applicant.
Street Tree Ornamental Lighting Documents:
|Street Tree Ornamental Lighting Guidelines|
The permittee must abide by the conditions of the permit or the permit may be revoked and/or future permits denied.
|Ornamental Tree Lighting Application||This form is to apply for a permit to affix ornamental lights to street trees.|
|Letter of Guarantee For Street Tree Attachment Permit||Guarantee Letter for loss or damage to city trees and other city property that arise due to attachment of items to city trees.|