Tree Removal Permits
Step 1. Determine if a Tree Removal Permit is Required
Six types of trees that require a permit for removal (street tree, median tree, sensitive lands tree, urban forestry fund tree, heritage tree, and development-required tree). In general, you may remove a tree EXCEPT when one of the listed situations exists.
Check your tree online: Enter your address here to see if your tree is on sensitive lands, or contact the planner on duty at 503-718-2421.
Full descriptions of the situations that require a tree removal permit can be found in Tigard's Municipal Code Chapters 8.08 through 8.16.
If you need assistance with the application process, contact the planner on duty at 503-718-2421.
Heritage and Significant Tree Program
Tigard's Heritage and Significant Tree Program was established to identify and raise public awareness of rare and/or exceptional trees due to their age, size, species, horticultural quality or historical importance.
Heritage Tree Program
This program may offer incentives to private landowners who protect heritage trees growing on their property. The heritage tree track provides city assistance for maintenance in exchange for regulatory protection. Incentives offered include permanent financial and technical assistance with tree maintenance and preservation. Trees on city property are also eligible for the heritage tree designation. Each heritage tree will be identified with a plaque and included on the city's Heritage Tree and Significant Tree Map. The city has the capacity to designate up to two heritage trees per year.
Significant Tree Program
The significant tree track allows trees to be publically recognized without regulatory restrictions. Significant trees are not eligible for city assistance for maintenance because property owners are allowed to remove the tree at any time. Each significant tree will be included on the city's Heritage Tree and Significant Tree Map.
If you have a special tree growing on your property, or if you discover a noteworthy tree in Tigard, you may nominate the tree for Heritage Tree designation by completing a nomination form. All nominations will be reviewed by a city contracted Arborist, the Tigard Tree Board and ultimately the City Council.
The Heritage Tree Nomination form is available online or by contacting the Community Development Department at 503-718-2421.
Each season before the worst of the weather arrives, examine the trees on your property with an eye towards potential hazards. The International Society of Arboriculture recommends a more thorough assessment of your trees by an ISA Certified Arborist if your answer is yes to any of the following questions:
Visit Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ISA (PNWISA) for more information and to find an ISA Certified Arborist in our area.
Are you concerned about a neighbor's tree? Download and review the Hazard Tree Evaluation and Abatement Program Brochure.
The City of Tigard supports the planting of trees on both public and private property in order to maximize the environmental and aesthetic benefits provided by trees. The city actively plants trees within the city's parks, floodplains, riparian areas, and on other public lands.
Need tree planting ideas?
Approved Trees List
Nuisance Tree List
TREE CITY USA
The Tree City USA program provides national recognition for urban and community forestry projects across the country.
To achieve Tree City USA status, a city must meet four core standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation, including hosting an annual Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation. This is the seventeenth year Tigard has received this honorable recognition for its urban forestry management efforts.
Frequently Asked Questions
In most cases, a replacement tree is required. For more information about both processes and which might apply to your situation, please see Tree Permit Requirements.
Q: Do I need a permit to remove a tree from the planter strip or public right-of-way fronting my property?
A: Yes, trees in these areas, usually referred to as street trees, can be removed through either the City Manager decision making process or the City Board or Committee decision-making process. In most cases, a replacement tree is required. For more information about both processes and which might apply to your situation, please see Tree Permit Requirements.
Q: How do I get a permit and how long does it take?
A: The application can be found online. Submit the completed application, supporting documentation and any applicable fees to the city for review and approval. Most tree removal permits can be processed within 10 days.
Q: What should I do when a tree is lifting up the sidewalk in front of my house?
A: Consult with an ISA certified arborist about preserving the tree. If this is not possible, find out whether a tree removal permit is required and obtain one, if necessary. A Public Facility Improvement application is required for the repair of the sidewalk.
Q: What is the penalty for illegally damaging or removing a tree?
A: As specified in Section 1.16.640 of the Tigard Municipal Code, the penalty is:
Street Tree Program
Beautify Your Block
The street tree program seeks to increase the city’s tree canopy and beautify the community by supplying Tigard homeowners and neighborhood groups with free trees.
Tree selection and planning typically begin in early November with delivery and planting scheduled for late November through December each year. Please see the approved street tree list to help you make your selection.
For more information, please contact Vance Walker at 503-718-2606 or email@example.com.
The street tree program is funded by developers who are unable to meet urban forestry requirements at their project sites. When this occurs, the city collects funds which are used to plant trees elsewhere in the city.
Tigard Celebrates Arbor Month Every April
Tigard Celebrates Arbor Month Every April
Each year the city proclaims April as Arbor Month. In Oregon, the first week of April is known as Oregon Arbor Week. In Tigard, the City Council encourages citizens to celebrate trees during the entire month of April.
An Arbor Day observance and proclamation are one of four standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation to qualify for Tree City USA. Tigard has received this recognition annually since 2001. Read about the Tree City USA program at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.