Removal, pruning and planting of street trees requires a permit (no charge) from the City. Street trees are those trees located in the planter strip between the curb and sidewalk or within 10 feet of the right-of-way when required as a part of subdivision conditions. Please use the forms below and call 503-668-5533 if you have any questions or need more information
Pruning involves cutting a branch off at the trunk or bole of the tree - a permit is required.
Trimming involves cutting leaders or smaller branches off at the connection to the main branch - no permit is required.
In General if the branch is 2" or less - go ahead and remove it. If the branch is between 2" and 4" - think twice before removing it. If the branch is 4" or greater - have a good reason to remove it.
Street Tree Permit
This is the permit form, print it out, fill it in and return to the city.
Street Tree Permit Application This is a fillable form, click on each box to fill out. Sign the form and affadavit and return to City Hall
How to prune trees Good information from the USDA-Forest Service on how to care for trees