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Private Tree Pruning Permits

Below are several options for submitting and application including; Online, mail, and in person.

  1. Introduction

    When is a permit required to prune trees on private property?

    For private property trees, a permit is required to prune native trees in Environmental Overlay Zones or the Pleasant Valley Natural Resources Overlay Zone

    Check to see if the tree is nativeand located in: 

    For all other private property trees, pruning permits are not required.

    Check the Overlay Zone or Plan District here. 


    Private Tree Pruning Exceptions

    A permit is not required for pruning trees in the following situations:

    • pruning trees located within 10 feet of a building
    • pruning to abate an immediate hazard
    • pruning for trail maintenance when not exceeding a height of 8 feet and width of 6 feet across the trail

    Qualifying for a permit

    Pruning is limited to 5 native trees per calendar year per 10,000 square feet of site area.

    Private Tree Pruning Permit Applications require a pruning plan from a certified arborist

    All pruning work must meet industry standards. Pruning on regulated trees done without a permit or pruning that does not meet the standards may be treated as a code violation and be subject to civil and criminal penalties and tree replacement.

    Trees may not be topped.


    Timeline and process

    Private Tree Pruning Permit Applications take approximately 2-3 weeks to process. Incomplete applications will delay the process. 

    Pruning permits are valid for 30 days. 

    certified arborist must supervise or conduct the pruning.

  2. Download and Complete Application

    Only an owner of the property or the owner's designee may apply for a private tree pruning permit. Request a private tree pruning permit one of the following ways:

    • Call 503-823-TREE (8733) to request a paper Private Tree Pruning Permit Application; OR
    • Download the Private Tree Pruning Permit Application
  3. Resources & FAQs

  4. Send in Application

    Mail: Attn: Urban Forestry

    1900 SW 4th Ave. Suite 5000

    Portland, OR 97201

  1. Introduction

    When is a permit required to prune trees on private property?

    For private property trees, a permit is required to prune native trees in Environmental Overlay Zones or the Pleasant Valley Natural Resources Overlay Zone

    Check to see if the tree is nativeand located in: 

    For all other private property trees, pruning permits are not required.

    Check the Overlay Zone or Plan District here. 


    Private Tree Pruning Exceptions

    A permit is not required for pruning trees in the following situations:

    • pruning trees located within 10 feet of a building
    • pruning to abate an immediate hazard
    • pruning for trail maintenance when not exceeding a height of 8 feet and width of 6 feet across the trail

    Qualifying for a permit

    Pruning is limited to 5 native trees per calendar year per 10,000 square feet of site area.

    Private Tree Pruning Permit Applications require a pruning plan from a certified arborist

    All pruning work must meet industry standards. Pruning on regulated trees done without a permit or pruning that does not meet the standards may be treated as a code violation and be subject to civil and criminal penalties and tree replacement.

    Trees may not be topped.


    Timeline and process

    Private Tree Pruning Permit Applications take approximately 2-3 weeks to process. Incomplete applications will delay the process. 

    Pruning permits are valid for 30 days. 

    certified arborist must supervise or conduct the pruning.

  2. Resources & FAQs

  3. Download and Complete Application

    Only an owner of the property or the owner's designee may apply for a private tree pruning permit. Request a private tree pruning permit one of the following ways:

    • Call 503-823-TREE (8733) to request a paper Private Tree Pruning Permit Application; OR
    • Download the Private Tree Pruning Permit Application
  4. Bring in Application

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