Tree Removal

What is it?

A Tree Removal Permit is required for removal of any significant tree within the City of Redmond regardless of its condition.  A tree removal permit is not required for routine maintenance. Routine maintenance includes selective pruning.
For single family properties, the maximum number of healthy significant trees allowed to be removed per year is based upon the size of your lot.  
  • Up to 10,000 sq.ft.  - 2 significant trees
  • 10,001– 20,000 sq.ft. – 4 significant trees
  • 20,001 – 30,000 sq.ft. – 6 significant trees
  • 30,001 sq.ft. or larger – 8 significant trees
For new single-family construction or single-family additions, a minimum of 35% of the existing healthy significant trees on the site must be retained.

For multifamily residential, commercial and industrial properties, the maximum number of health trees removed per year is five (5) per acre.

Landmark trees (greater than 30 inches in diameter at 4.5 feet above the ground), protected  trees, and trees within a critical area (i.e. Native Growth Protection Easement or a wetland/stream buffer etc) cannot be removed unless they are determined to be hazardous, dead, diseased, dying or structurally unsound by a certified arborist.

What is a "year"?

When considering tree removal, a year shall mean a 365-day period of time from any previously issued tree removal permit.

How Much Does it Cost?

All Tree Removal Permits associated to single-family properties are free. For all other properties, a flat fee is required.   All associated fees can be found on the Fee Schedule A-Z page within the fee schedule noted below.
Development Review Permit Fees

How Long Does It Take?

Most Tree Removal Permits can be reviewed and approved in the Development Service Center when you come into apply. Some permits that include removal of Landmark Trees, Protected Trees, or trees in Critical Areas may require additional analysis or a site visit and may take one to two weeks to review.
Tip Sheet – Tree Removal 
Tree Removal Permit Application