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Street Tree Removal

A no-fee Tree Work Permit and a barricade permit are needed for removal/replacement of trees in the right-of-way. Note that submitting an application does not entitle you to a permit, and that you must have the permit in hand before beginning any work.  In addition, in most situations removal of a street tree will require replacement of the street tree.

Tree removal requires the stump be removed at least eight inches below the surface of the ground. Tree and stump removal must be completed within 30 days of permit issuance. Failure to obtain a permit or meet the conditions of the permit may result in fines of up to $100 per violation and/or imprisonment in the County Jail for up to 30 days. (TMC 9.18.040).

Hazard Tree Removal

If a street tree is an imminent hazard, call 3-1-1 and request an emergency inspection. Some important things to know about hazard trees:

  • What is a hazard tree? A hazard tree exists when the sum of the risk factors assessed equals or exceeds a determined threshold of risk. Below that threshold, the tree is not considered to be a hazard.

  • How are the risk factors assessed? Risk factors are assessed during a tree risk assessment performed by a Certified Tree Risk Assessor.

  • What is a tree risk assessment? Tree risk assessment examines the whole tree, or a part of it. It is only undertaken when there is a target (people and/or property within striking distance of the tree or its parts) that might be damaged if the tree or tree part were to fail.

Wood Waste Diversion (higher uses than firewood)
Consider other uses for the wood generated from pruning and removals. Below are some companies utilizing urban wood.

Meyer Wells
Vashon Forest Stewards
Urban Hardwoods
Madera Woodworking