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Planting Permits

Below are several options for submitting an application including; online, by email, mail, and in person.

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  1. Introduction

    This page describes the process for planting trees in the right-of-way when no development is occurring. Visit Trees and Development for planting requirements during development.

    When Is a Planting Permit Required?

    • Street Trees: A permit is required to plant any tree in the City right-of-way, which is typically between the curb and sidewalk. More information on Street Trees. 
    • Private Trees: No permit is required for planting a tree on private property.

    Qualifying for a Permit

    In order to qualify for a planting permit, you must agree to abide by the Street Tree Planting Standards. 

    Species selected for planting should be chosen from the Approved Street Tree Planting Lists.

    Trees acquired for planting must meet the following size requirements:

    • Broadleaf tree size requirements (young tree caliper is the diameter of the trunk measured at 6” above the tree’s natural ground line for trees less than 4”, or at 12” for trees greater than 4”):

    Development Type

    Street Tree Minimum Caliper Size
    One and two family residential

    1.5"

    Multi-dwelling residential2.0"
    All others2.5"
    • Conifer trees must be a minimum of 5 feet in height at time of planting.

    Sidewalk alterations: If altering the sidewalk, a sidewalk permit is required from the Bureau of Transportation. Email PBOTSidewalkPermits@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-7002 (press option #3).


    Planting with Friends of Trees

    Please review the process in Planting Permit FAQs if you are intending to work with Friends of Trees. 

    See Planting Programs for more information

  2. Contact Oregon Utility Notification Center

    Call Before You Dig

    The Oregon utility notification locate center will mark the locations of underground utilities so the tree planting location can be determined. You can request a utility locate one of the following ways:

    • Call 811 or 503-246-6699 (local) or 1-800-332-2344 (toll free) 
    • Submit a request via the Dig Safely Oregon website
      • Only an owner of the property abutting the planting strip, or the owner's designee, may apply for a street tree planting permit. Once you have submitted a utility locate request, then request a free Street Tree Planting permit. 
  3. Download and Complete Application

    Request a paper permit application by calling 503-823-TREE (8733); OR 

    Download the Street Tree Permit Application (non-removal), fill it out, and submit to Urban Forestry

  4. Send in Application

  1. Introduction

    This page describes the process for planting trees in the right-of-way when no development is occurring. Visit Trees and Development for planting requirements during development.

    When is a Planting Permit Required?

    • Street Trees: A permit is required to plant any tree in the City right-of-way, which is typically between the curb and sidewalk. More information on Street Trees. 
    • Private Trees: No permit is required for planting a tree on private property.

    Qualifying for a Permit

    In order to qualify for a planting permit, you must agree to abide by the Street Tree Planting Standards. 

    Species selected for planting should be chosen from the Approved Street Tree Planting Lists.

    Trees acquired for planting must meet the following size requirements:

    • Broadleaf tree size requirements (young tree caliper is the diameter of the trunk measured at 6” above the tree’s natural ground line for trees less than 4”, or at 12” for trees greater than 4”):

    Development Type

    Street Tree Minimum Caliper Size
    One and two family residential

    1.5"

    Multi-dwelling residential2.0"
    All others2.5"
    • Conifer trees must be a minimum of 5 feet in height at time of planting.

    Sidewalk alterations: If altering the sidewalk, a sidewalk permit is required from the Bureau of Transportation. Email PBOTSidewalkPermits@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-7002 (press option #3).


    Planting with Friends of Trees

    Please review the process in Planting Permit FAQs if you are intending to work with Friends of Trees. 

    See Planting Programs for more information

  2. Contact Oregon Utility Notification Center

    Call Before You Dig

    The Oregon utility notification locate center will mark the locations of underground utilities so the tree planting location can be determined. You can request a utility locate one of the following ways:

    • Call 811 or 503-246-6699 (local) or 1-800-332-2344 (toll free) 
    • Submit a request via the Dig Safely Oregon website
      • Only an owner of the property abutting the planting strip, or the owner's designee, may apply for a street tree planting permit. Once you have submitted a utility locate request, then request a free Street Tree Planting permit. 
  3. Download and Complete Application

    Request a paper permit application by calling 503-823-TREE (8733); OR 

    Download the Street Tree Permit Application (non-removal), fill it out, and submit to Urban Forestry

  4. Send in Application

    Attn: Urban Forestry

    1900 SW 4th Ave. Suite 5000

    Portland, OR 97201

  1. Introduction

    This page describes the process for planting trees in the right-of-way when no development is occurring. Visit Trees and Development for planting requirements during development.

    When Is a Planting Permit Required?

    • Street Trees: A permit is required to plant any tree in the City right-of-way, which is typically between the curb and sidewalk. More information on Street Trees. 
    • Private Trees: No permit is required for planting a tree on private property.

    Qualifying for a Permit

    In order to qualify for a planting permit, you must agree to abide by the Street Tree Planting Standards. 

    Species selected for planting should be chosen from the Approved Street Tree Planting Lists.

    Trees acquired for planting must meet the following size requirements:

    • Broadleaf tree size requirements (young tree caliper is the diameter of the trunk measured at 6” above the tree’s natural ground line for trees less than 4”, or at 12” for trees greater than 4”):

    Development Type

    Street Tree Minimum Caliper Size
    One and two family residential

    1.5"

    Multi-dwelling residential2.0"
    All others2.5"
    • Conifer trees must be a minimum of 5 feet in height at time of planting.

    Sidewalk alterations: If altering the sidewalk, a sidewalk permit is required from the Bureau of Transportation. Email PBOTSidewalkPermits@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-7002 (press option #3).


    Planting with Friends of Trees

    Please review the process in Planting Permit FAQs if you are intending to work with Friends of Trees. 

    See Planting Programs for more information

  2. Contact Oregon Utility Notification Center

    Call Before You Dig

    The Oregon utility notification locate center will mark the locations of underground utilities so the tree planting location can be determined. You can request a utility locate one of the following ways:

    • Call 811 or 503-246-6699 (local) or 1-800-332-2344 (toll free) 
    • Submit a request via the Dig Safely Oregon website
      • Only an owner of the property abutting the planting strip, or the owner's designee, may apply for a street tree planting permit. Once you have submitted a utility locate request, then request a free Street Tree Planting permit. 
  3. Download and Complete Application

    Request a paper permit application by calling 503-823-TREE (8733); OR 

    Download the Street Tree Permit Application (non-removal), fill it out, and submit to Urban Forestry

  4. Send in Application

    Development Services Center
    1900 SW Fourth Avenue
    First floor lobby
    Portland, OR 97201