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In the case of an imminent threat to life or property, emergency removal of dangerous trees may be undertaken prior to receiving a permit. If this is the case, you must notify the Planning Department within one working day and apply for a tree removal permit within one week. Please take photos prior to any emergency removal. For more information, contact the Planning Department at 206-368-5440, stop by the Permit Center at City Hall, or print a tree removal permit.
Exemptions:Dead Trees: If the tree is completely dead, you can remove it without a permit. Please send photos of the tree to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to removal. If the tree is in an environmentally critical area, the stump must remain in the ground, and the City recommends leaving the bottom 10-15 feet of the tree for wildlife habitat.
Trees under 6" in diameter** can be removed without a permit. as long as they are not in an environmentally critical area or tree conservation easement, and as along as they were not replacement trees for a previous permit.
See the Tree Protection Regulations and Tree Removal Guide for more information, or read the full ordinance in the Lake Forest Park Municipal Code.
*Contact the Planning Department to find out if the tree is in an environmentally sensitive area.**Diameter measured at 4.5 ft above grade.
If the tree can be assessed from your property without entering your neighbor's property, you may apply for an Arborist Consult permit through the City. Though you will not be able to remove the tree without your neighbor's permission, the Certified Arborist Report that comes with the permit may be useful in talking with your neighbor about the tree.
- in the front yard or 20 feet from the front lot line and less than four feet high; or- in the back yard and less than 6 feet high.
You should also be sure of your property lines before you proceed. Check with your neighbors and be sure you are not infringing on any of their property. In addition, fences may not be placed within the sight distance triangles. Please see the Lake Forest Park Zoning Code for details.As for decks, a permit is required per the International Residential Code. Please see the Residential Deck Checklist.
The rear lot line is the line opposite and most distant from the front lot line.
The side lot lines are any other lines that are neither front nor rear lot lines.
Special requirements exist for triangular or trapezoidal lots. Contact the Planning Department for more information.