A Tree Removal Permit is required for removal of any Significant Tree (diameter of at least 6" at 4.5' above grade).
A Hazard Tree Declaration form, including a tree health assessment completed by a certified arborist, shall be submitted and reviewed by the City prior to removal of any hazardous tree. Hazard Tree Declaration forms may be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree Removal Fees.
Starting February 1, 2024, all Single-Family Tree Removals and Tree Exception Requests will be charged an application fee. For a full list of Tree Removal Permit fees, refer to the Development Review Fee Schedule.
Submit a tree removal application online
Step 1: Request a Plan Review Online (PRO) Permit
- For "Type of Project" select: Land Use Application
- For "Type of Land Use Application" select: Tree Removal
Step 2: Fill Out a Tree Removal Application
- Review the tree removal tip sheet for helpful information
Step 3: Wait for emailed instructions on how to upload your application
HOW MANY TREES ARE PERMITTED TO BE REMOVED?
Developed Single Family Lots
The maximum number of healthy significant trees permitted to be removed per year is based upon the total lot area of the property.
Number of Trees
Lots up to 10,000 sq. ft.
Up to 2
Lots between 10,001 & 20,000 sq. ft.
Up to 4
Lots between 20,001 & 30,000 sq. ft.
Up to 6
Lots 30,001 sq. ft or larger
Up to 8
Developed Commercial/Multi-family/Industrial Lots
The maximum number of healthy significant trees permitted to be removed per year is no more than five significant per acre per year for the purposes of:
- thinning a heavily wooded area where remaining trees may benefit from the thinning and the site’s forested look, value, or function is maintained, OR
- maintaining the sites landscaped areas.
All New Development (including single-family residences)
In all developments, a minimum of 35% of all significant trees shall be retained. In addition to retaining trees on site, development activities shall demonstrate consistency with the Tree Protection Standards and Measures contained in RZC 21.72.060 & 070, including providing tree protection barriers during construction.
A Tree Preservation Plan and Arborist Report, demonstrating consistency with RZC 21.72, shall be submitted with any application for construction permit.
Use the City's Property Search Tool to look up information on your property. An aerial image of the property can be submitted in lieu of a site sketch.
Review Redmond Municipal Code RZC 21.72.020 and the City's Tree Removal Tip Sheet, to determine what permits are required.
Significant Trees. A Tree Removal Permit is required for removal of any Significant Tree. Each single-family, multifamily, commercial, and industrial lot within the City is permitted a maximum number of tree removals per year (RZC 21.72.020, Permits Required)
Tree Exceptions. A Tree Exception Request is required for any of the following actions:
- removing a Landmark tree (greater than 30” DBH);
- exceeding the maximum number of trees allowed for removal;
- not complying with the standards provided in RZC 21.72. An Arborist report and/or photo documentation is required.
Hazard Trees. A Hazard Tree Removal Declaration form, including a tree health assessment completed by a certified arborist, shall be submitted and reviewed by the City prior to removal of any hazardous tree. In lieu of an arborist report, staff may accept pictures of the a dead, dying, or diseased tree. Please consult with the Department prior to submitting a hazard tree declaration form to determine if your situation may allow for picture documentation.
Emergency Tree Removal. In the case of an emergency, a tree (or trees) can be removed without first obtaining a Tree Removal Permit. An emergency is generally when an imminent dangerous situation exists. Please consult with the department before removing any tree to determine if your situation meets the definition of emergency. A Tree Removal Permit shall be issued retroactively after the tree is removed.
Some tree removal requests require a tree health assessment, arborist report, or other recommendations, to be provided by a certified arborist. The International Society for Arboriculture (ISA) maintains a search tool for finding certified professionals based on your need or geographic location. Visit the ISA website for more information: Find an Arborist (treesaregood.org).
Tree replacement standards are provided in RZC 21.072.080. Each significant tree removed requires one (1) replacement tree. Each Landmark tree removed with Exception approval requires three (3) replacement trees. All replacement trees shall be primarily native to the Pacific Northwest.
The following resources can be used to find suitable replacement trees based on specific site conditions:
- Native Plant List for Tree Replacement
- Find a plant - Native Plant Guide (kingcounty.gov)
- Great Plant Picks: Unbeatable Plants for the Maritime Northwest Garden
Tree Removal Permits can be applied for online through Plan Review Online (PRO) request form. Once the form is submitted, a permit tech will reach out to you via email with instructions on how to upload the application materials to the Redmond ePermitting Service (REPS). It may take up to one business day before you receive a response.
- Application Forms: Hazard Tree Declaration, Significant Tree Removal and Tree Exception Request.
- Online Instructions — Tree Removal Application.
Specific submittal requirements are included on the applicable application form for Hazard Tree Declaration, Significant Tree Removal and Tree Exception Request. A complete application form, including payment of all applicable fees, are required prior to the review of the tree removal request.
Fees for tree removal are subject to the Development Review Fee Schedule.
Significant Tree Removal.
Most tree removal permits will be reviewed within a week of submittal. Staff may reach out to you to request additional information before issuing a final decision on the request.
Tree Exception Requests require review and approval by the Department Director. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the Department to review.
The department recognizes that hazardous trees can pose an immediate threat to private property and the general public. If you believe your Hazard Tree Removal request may be time sensitive, please reach out to staff directly: email@example.com. Provide your property address and permit number (if applicable). Please note, a complete Hazard Tree Removal Declaration form, accompanied by a tree health assessment completed by a certified arborist, or photo documentation of a dead/dying tree, is required to be submitted prior to receiving authorization.
- What do I do with a dead tree on my property? I'm afraid it's going to fall over on my house.
- Why must I get a permit if I just want to get rid of a tree in my own yard?
- How many trees can I remove?
- What can I do about a neighbor's tree? Its leaves are falling on to my property; in fact, the whole tree is about to fall on to my property.
- How do I determine what kind of trees to replant?