Do I need a permit to remove, snag, or prune a tree?

In most cases a Tree Permit will be required by the City for tree-related activities including, but not limited to, removal, pruning that qualifies as excessive pruning, and creating a wildlife snag. The most common exemption is for the removal of nonsignificant trees that are not protected by any other means. If you would like confirmation as to whether a Tree Permit is required for your circumstances, please email us at

Please note: A “Significant Tree” is defined as a tree at least six inches or greater DBH or an alder or cottonwood tree eight inches or greater DBH. A “Protected tree” means any tree in a greenbelt, environmentally critical area, common area, approved landscape plan, right-of-way, City-owned property, a tree previously planted as a replacement tree, or a tree protected by any other measure. Protected trees are also those which are permanently protected by an easement, such as a native growth protection easement (NGPE), tract, or covenant restriction.

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1. How do I calculate the canopy coverage for my lot, tract, or parcel?
2. Why does the City want to Preserve Trees?
3. Do I need a permit to remove, snag, or prune a tree?
4. What defines a “Tree”?
5. Can the City Arborist come to my property?
6. How do I apply for a Tree Permit?
7. How many trees can I remove under one Tree Permit?
8. Is there a Tree Permit fee?
9. What do I do if this is an emergency?
10. What if I have concerns about trees located on City property?
11. What if I have concerns about a tree located on a neighbor’s property?
12. What if I need to remove trees in association with a home addition or other development project?
13. What should I do if I think trees are being removed illegally?
14. What are the penalties for illegally removing trees?
15. This has been very informative, but I have additional questions. Who can I speak with?