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Pruning (Street or Heritage) Tree Permits

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

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  1. Introduction

    When Is a Pruning Permit Required?

    • Street Trees: A permit is required to prune any tree in the City right-of-way, which is typically between the curb and sidewalk. No permit is required for pruning branches less than 1/2 inch in diameter at attachment to the stem.
    • Private TreesA permit is required to prune native trees in c, p, or v overlay zones.
    • Heritage Trees: A permit is required to prune any Heritage Tree.

    If you wish to report a street tree that needs pruning, visit Tree Code Violations.

  2. Can your Pruning Permit be Self-Issued?

    In some cases, there is a self-issued permit option available for limited pruning. 

    • Self-Issued Street Tree Pruning Permits: 
      • Pruning is for branches less than 6" in diameter at attachment to the stem. 
      • Pruning is for young tree pruning, crown cleaning or crown raising for clearance of the street and sidewalk (7.5' above the sidewalk, 11' above residential streets, and 14' over arterial streets).
      • The Street Tree is not a Heritage Tree.

    Otherwise you will fill out a Street Tree Pruning Permit Application with Inspection.

    OR Everything else

    • Street Tree Pruning Permit With Inspection:
      • Other types of pruning (than above) may be permitted for Street Trees; however, they require a tree inspection and a permit issued by a City Tree Inspector.
      • You can apply online with the link that follows
  3. Review the Details on the Pruning FAQs page

  4. Review Resources

    How to Prune Properly

    Download the Tree Pruning Brochure:

  5. Review the Street Tree Pruning Standards

    Standards for any Street ( or Heritage) tree pruning. 

  6. Download and Complete Application

    • Request a paper permit application by calling 503-823-TREE (8733), or

    Need Help Using Electronic Documents?

    Self-Issued Street Tree Pruning Permit Application ( Non-Removal) without an inspection or fee:

    Tree Pruning Permit application with fee and inspection:

  7. Send in Application

    Mail: Attn: Urban Forestry

    1900 SW 4th Ave. Suite 5000

    Portland, OR 97201

  1. Introduction

    When Is a Pruning Permit Required?

    • Street Trees: A permit is required to prune any tree in the City right-of-way, which is typically between the curb and sidewalk. No permit is required for pruning branches less than 1/2 inch in diameter at attachment to the stem.
    • Private TreesA permit is required to prune native trees in c, p, or v overlay zones.
    • Heritage Trees: A permit is required to prune any Heritage Tree.

    If you wish to report a street tree that needs pruning, visit Tree Code Violations.

  2. Can your Pruning Permit be Self-Issued?

    In some cases, there is a self-issued permit option available for limited pruning. 

    • Self-Issued Street Tree Pruning Permits: 
      • Pruning is for branches less than 6" in diameter at attachment to the stem. 
      • Pruning is for young tree pruning, crown cleaning or crown raising for clearance of the street and sidewalk (7.5' above the sidewalk, 11' above residential streets, and 14' over arterial streets).
      • The Street Tree is not a Heritage Tree.

    Otherwise you will fill out a Street Tree Pruning Permit Application with Inspection.

    OR Everything else

    • Street Tree Pruning Permit With Inspection:
      • Other types of pruning (than above) may be permitted for Street Trees; however, they require a tree inspection and a permit issued by a City Tree Inspector.
      • You can apply online with the link that follows
  3. Review the Details on the Pruning FAQs page

  4. Review Resources

    How to Prune Properly

    Download the Tree Pruning Brochure:

  5. Review the Street Tree Pruning Standards

    Standards for any Street ( or Heritage) tree pruning. 

    Street Tree Pruning Standards (216.99 KB)

  6. Download and Complete Application

    • Request a paper permit application by calling 503-823-TREE (8733), or

    Need Help Using Electronic Documents?

    Self-Issued Street Tree Pruning Permit Application ( Non-Removal) without an inspection or fee:

    Tree Pruning Permit application with fee and inspection:

  7. Bring in Application

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