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Can any tree be removed from my property?
Certain trees – typically referred to as “protected trees” – are prohibited from consideration for removal with limited exceptions. The most common protected trees include those trees located within a critical area or its associated buffer. Critical areas include streams, wetlands, steep slopes, and landslide hazard areas. Critical areas and buffers are often included within a recorded tract called a Native Growth Protection Easement (NGPE). Removal or alteration of trees – or any native vegetation – located within a critical area, associated protective buffer, or a designated NGPE is strictly prohibited without City approval.

Tree Removal

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1. Do I need a permit to remove a tree?
2. Is there a tree removal fee?
3. Can any tree be removed from my property?
4. How do I know if a tree is located within a critical area, buffer or NGPE or if the tree is otherwise protected?
5. Are all trees regulated and exactly what defines a “tree?”
6. What about hazard trees?
7. Can hazard trees be removed from critical areas?
8. What about emergency situations?
9. Do hazard trees count toward my one and five year tree allowances?
10. How is tree removal on non-single family properties handled?
11. What if I need to remove trees to make way for a home expansion or other development project?
12. What if I want a tree removed from a City ROW or public property?
13. What if I want a tree removed from my neighbor’s property?
14. Are there other regulations pertaining to trees aside from tree removal restrictions?
15. What should I do if I think trees are being removed illegally?
16. What are the penalties for illegally removing trees?
17. What if a tree in or near a power line needs to be trimmed?