Can hazard trees be removed from critical areas?
One of the City’s top priorities is to minimize the risk associated with hazard trees – even hazard trees located in critical areas or associated buffers. However, complete removal of a hazard tree located in a critical area or associated buffer is typically not allowed. Instead, the tree is converted to a “habitat snag” by cutting the tree at the highest point possible that still eliminates a tree’s hazard risk. The lower portion of the tree remains in place as a habitat snag to provide habitat value for fish and wildlife. Also, in order to compensate for the loss in habitat value, additional tree plantings in the critical area and/or buffer may be required as mitigation.

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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?