What about hazard trees?
Many exceptions to the City of Issaquah’s tree regulations are provided for hazard trees. However, these exceptions are only allowed if a City arborist, or another International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist confirms that a tree meets criteria to be defined as a hazard tree. In general, a tree will only be designated as a hazard tree if it has a confirmed defect and has the potential to hit a susceptible target (e.g., people or buildings). Hazard trees can be removed without a permit, but coordination with the City is required prior to removal in order to confirm that a tree meets hazard tree criteria. This required coordination is initiated the same as other tree removal requests – with the tree removal form. Simply indicate on the form that the request pertains to a hazard tree.

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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?
18. Do I need a permit to prune a tree?