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Capital Improvement Projects and Trees

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Learn more about trees and development on City-owned or Managed Sites and Projects in the Right-of-Way. This page is for Capital Improvement Projects, Development on City-owned or Managed sites, & Projects in the Right-of-Way.
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For these projects,Title 11, Trees requires that applicants involve Urban Forestry at the preliminary project design phase in order to identify potential impacts and opportunities to retain existing trees, as well as any measures required to protect trees on site, on adjacent sites, or in the street (11.50.040 C. 2, City and Street Trees). 

Please fill out a Preliminary Project Design Form (below) describing in as much detail as is possible the scope of your project and the potential impact on trees, and send it to Urban Forestry. Please note, this information and these forms do not apply to private development.

CIP Process

Document showing steps from Preliminary Project Design submittal to a permit issuance. 

Preliminary Project Design Form 

Send it to Urban Forestry ( )

Information form to be filled out to begin the tree review process for development permits. You can also complete this form online

Administrative Rule for Tree Planting Requirement

Mitigation Requirements for Tree Removal.

Creating a Tree Inventory and Tree Plan

Learn more about the City's specific tree plan requirements. Get a worksheet to help you complete your tree plan. Find out what the City inspector and consulting arborist must agree upon. Learn more about creating a tree project narrative and what that must include. Get help with your tree plan.

Street Tree Planting Standards

Street Tree Protection Specification

Writing a Project Narrative

The Project Narrative will serve as the project's arborist report. This report is required if you want to exempt trees from requirements because they are dead, dying, dangerous, or nuisance species trees OR if you want to modify the root protection zones (i.e. use the performance path) of any tree to be preserved. If your project's City Tree Inspector is the one creating your Tree Inventory, their comments on this form will serve as the Project Narrative. If your project is large and requires that you hire a consulting arborist, the consulting arborist will need to draft a separate Project Narrative to be submitted as part of your application. The Project Narrative will need to address exempted trees and modified root protection zones in accordance with Chapter 11.60.030 C. 2., Performance Path. An example of a Project Narrative is provided below.


You can email Urban Forestry or call us at 503-823-TREE (8733) between the hours of 7am-3:30pm Monday-Friday.

Read the Tree Code, Title 11