Tree Removal

REQUIRED PERMITS

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 planneroncall@redmond.gov

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

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.

  1. 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


    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.

Lot Size

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.

 

  1. Prepare
  2. Apply
  3. Review

Research.

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.  


Permits Required.

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: 

  1. removing a Landmark tree (greater than 30” DBH); 
  2. exceeding the maximum number of trees allowed for removal; 
  3. 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.


Professional Help.

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.

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: