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Planting Permits

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

On this Page
  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 TreesA permit is required to plant any tree in the City right-of-way, which is typically between the curb and sidewalk. 
    • Private Trees: No permit is required for planting a tree on private property.
  2. Review the Requirements

     Review information on Planting Permit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) including information on:

  3. 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. 
  4. 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

  5. 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 TreesA permit is required to plant any tree in the City right-of-way, which is typically between the curb and sidewalk. 
    • Private Trees: No permit is required for planting a tree on private property.
  2. Review the Requirements

     Review information on Planting Permit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) including information on:

  3. 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. 
  4. 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

  5. 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 TreesA permit is required to plant any tree in the City right-of-way, which is typically between the curb and sidewalk. 
    • Private Trees: No permit is required for planting a tree on private property.
  2. Review the Requirements

     Review information on Planting Permit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) including information on:

  3. 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. 
  4. 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

  5. Bring in Application

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