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Root Pruning Permits

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

  1. Introduction

    When is a root pruning permit required?

    • Street trees: A permit is required to prune roots greater than or equal to 1/4 inch at attachment on any tree in the City right-of-way, which is typically between the curb and sidewalk.
    • Private trees: No permit is required to root prune a tree on private property.
    • Heritage Trees: Any work on Heritage trees requires a permit. 
  2. Download and Complete Application

    • Request a paper permit application by calling 503-823-TREE (8733), or
    • Download the Tree Pruning Permit 
    • Mail application fee with application. Make checks payable to “City of Portland”
      • Use Fee Schedule to determine fee. 
    Fee Schedule (192.51 KB)
  3. Send in Application

    Mail: Attn: Urban Forestry,

    1900 SW 4th Ave. Suite 5000

    Portland, OR 97201

  1. Introduction

    When is a root pruning permit required?

    • Street trees: A permit is required to prune roots greater than or equal to 1/4 inch at attachment on any tree in the City right-of-way, which is typically between the curb and sidewalk.
    • Private trees: No permit is required to root prune a tree on private property.
    • Heritage Trees: Any work on Heritage trees requires a permit. 
  2. Download and Complete Application

    • Request a paper permit application by calling 503-823-TREE (8733), or
    • Download the Tree Pruning Application
    • Bring in fee with application. 
      • Make Checks payable to " City of Portland" 
      • Use the document Fee Schedule below to determine the fee. 
    Fee Schedule (192.51 KB)
  3. Bring in Application

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