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Street Tree Pruning Permits

Below are several options for submitting and application including; Online, 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. Click here for private tree pruning permits. 
    • 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. Types of Street Tree Pruning Permits

    In some cases, there is "self-issued permit" option available for limited pruning.  Otherwise you will fill out a Street Tree Pruning Permit application w/ Inspection.

    • 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.

    OR

    • Everything else - (Non-self issued) Street Tree Pruning Permit w/ an 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.

    See Pruning FAQs for more info

  3. Resources & FAQs

  4. Download and Complete Application

    • Request a paper permit application by calling 503-823-TREE (8733), or
    • Download whichever application fits your situation

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

    Tree Pruning Permit application with fee and inspection:

  5. 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. Click here for private tree pruning permits. 
    • 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. Types of Street Tree Pruning Permits

    In some cases, there is "self-issued permit" option available for limited pruning.  Otherwise you will fill out a Street Tree Pruning Permit application w/ Inspection.

    • 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.

    OR

    • Everything else - (Non-self issued) Street Tree Pruning Permit w/ an 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.

    See Pruning FAQs for more info

  3. Resources & FAQs

  4. Download and Complete Application

    • Request a paper permit application by calling 503-823-TREE (8733), or
    • Download whichever application fits your situation

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

    Tree Pruning Permit application with fee and inspection:

  5. Bring in Application

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