Is this a City tree? Do I need a tree impact permit? How do I get a tree impact permit? Contacts
Street trees in the right of way and trees on City-owned or controlled property are City Trees. A Tree Impact Permit is required for all City trees impacted in City right of way and City-owned or controlled property.
Is this a City tree?
A City Tree is in the public right-of-way. The public right-of-way is not a specific distance from the curb. Sometimes the public right-of-way can be difficult to determine without a survey of the property line. Our inspectors will help with a determination when requested.
Do I need a tree impact permit?
You need a tree impact permit to do any work near or to a tree on City-owned or maintained property.
Some work which requires a tree impact permit includes:
- Tree Trimming/Pruning
- Tree Removal
- Tree Planting
- Trenching, Grading, Auguring, or Boring within critical root zone*
- Use of equipment or trucks within critical root zone*
- Storage of soil, stone, mulch, or supplies within the critical root zone*
- Concrete, Asphalt, or Stone Repair or Construction within the critical root zone*
- Application of Chemical or Biological Agents or Runoff
- Installing Tree Protection Fence
*The critical root zone is the main structural and functional part of the root system. It is a protected circular area around a tree with a radius equal to 1.25 feet per inch of tree diameter (DBH) measured at 4.5 feet above grade with the tree trunk at the center of the circle.
How do I get a tree impact permit?
If your work is being reviewed by the City on a plan, tree impact permits will be given through the review process. If the work is not being reviewed on a plan, apply for a Tree Impact Permit through the Permit and Development Portal. You will need to click Apply, Permits, search for Tree Impact Permit, and Log In or Register.
For help on how to use the Permit and Development Portal go to the Permit and Development Portal Help Center.