- Required tree protection fencing and signage must be installed, inspected, and approved before any ground disturbance.
- Projects will not receive final approval until tree inspections are approved.
- Tree protection fencing must remain installed until final inspection is approved.
- You must call for a tree preservation inspection before any ground disturbance or other inspections take place.
Commercial Permits, Residential Permits, and Site Development Permits
- Call the 24-hour Requests for Inspection and Inspection Results number before 6 a.m. on the day you need the inspection.
- Be sure to have your permit number or IVR number available for reference when you call.
- Inspection requests received after 6 a.m. will be put on the list for the next business day.
- When the system prompts you for an inspection code, please enter inspection #507.
Field Issuance Remodel (FIR) Permits and Tree Inspections
- Contact Urban Forestry.
- A tree code technician will schedule a tree protection inspection for you.
Zoning Permits and Tree Preservation Inspections
- Call Urban Forestry.
- Choose option #2 to schedule an inspection with a tree code technician.
- After passing the tree code inspection, use the IVR system to request your Zoning Final (Code Compliance) inspection.
- When the system prompts you for an inspection code, please enter inspection #555.
Prohibited Activities in the Root Protection Zone
The following is prohibited within the Root Protection zone:
- Grade change or cut and fill
- Ground Disturbance
- New buildings or surfaces
- Staging or storage of materials and equipment
- Vehicle parking or maneuvering
- Utilities and stormwater/drainage facilities
When unauthorized encroachment occurs, the city may pursue an enforcement action or other remedy.
Things to Keep in Mind for Tree Preservation Inspections
- Root Protection Zone fencing must be a minimum six-foot high metal chain link fence secured with eight-foot high metal posts
- Signage designating the RPZ, penalties for violations, and arborist contact information (if using the performance method) shall be secured in a prominent location on each protection fence
- The City Forester or Development Services Director’s delegate may conduct inspections during development to determine compliance with Title 11
- Any changes to approved tree protection must be reviewed and approved before field changes occur. Contact Planning and Zoning for information
- See Chapter 11.60.030 Tree Protection Specifications for more information
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For more information regarding City of Portland Title 11, Trees contact Urban Forestry.