Tree Permitting

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Tree Removal without proper  Tree Permitting guidance is a recipe for disaster and large fines. 🌲🌳👮‍♂️👮‍♀️💲💲💲 By saving a few bucks without obtaining a proper tree permit you are risking thousands of dollars in fines, shaming by your neighbors and you will be added to the equivalent of the TSA’s no-fly list.  Ok, this is a bit extreme but please obtain the proper permits prior to engaging in any work. ArborPro will require you to have the proper permits prior to any work we do on your property. This also includes agreements you must obtain with your neighbors, should the tree or trees involve a boundary issue.

There are reasons why each municipality has its own rules and regulations. Portland has their own tree permitting rules compared to Tigard’s. So please, take an extra second and make sure you are applying for the proper permits in the municipality you live in.

Why Do I Need a Tree Permit? It’s Just a Tree!

As an example and only an example let’s demonstrate how Beaverton classifies the different categories of trees.  That is correct, categories is the proper word used and this should help you understand why obtaining a permit is vital. Here are Beaverton’s tree category examples.

What are the Six (6) different tree categories Beaverton uses?

  1. Significant Trees/ Groves- Trees and groves which have been determined to possess distinctive or exceptional characteristics, such as beauty, size, shape, location, natural resource value, etc.
  2. Historic Trees/ Groves- Trees designated by the City to be of historic significance based on their association with historical figures, properties, or the general growth and development of the City.
  3. Landscape Trees- Trees, other than Significant Trees, Historic Trees, or Trees within a Significant Natural Resource Area that have been preserved or planted as a component of an approved landscape plan.
  4. Street Trees- Trees located within the public or private right-of-way or easement for vehicular access, or associated with public utility easements.
  5. Trees within a Significant Natural Resource Area (SNRA)- Trees that are part of the resources identified in Volume III of the Comprehensive Plan as “significant” pursuant to Statewide Planning Goal 5
  6. Community Trees- Healthy trees of at least ten inches (10”) DBH located on developed, partially developed, or undeveloped land. Community trees are not those trees identified as significant, historic, street, landscape, or trees within an SNRA.

Municipality Links For Information on Tree Permitting


We will be adding additional links to other cities. It is your responsibility to understand the rules and regulations for tree removal.  It is a complicated process but taking your time will save you money in the long run.

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