What if I want a tree removed from a City ROW or public property?
The City of Issaquah will remove hazard and nuisance trees from city rights of way and public properties if a tree’s hazard risk (or nuisance potential) is confirmed by a City or other ISA certified arborist. Once a tree has been confirmed as needing to be removed – or altered to eliminate hazard risk – the City’s public work operations department prioritizes tree removal actions based on the degree of associated risk. Thus, trees which have a high degree of associated risk are slated for removal first and trees causing a minor nuisance may be placed at the end of a prioritized list. If a resident wants to personally take responsibility for removing a ROW or other public tree that has been approved for removal, the public works operations department may allow residents to pay for and conduct the removal on public property. To request review of presumed hazard or nuisance tree located on City property please call 425-837-3100.

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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?