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Tree Permits and Information
New Tree Regulations Go into Effect 3/23/2017
Lake Forest Park City Council adopted new tree regulations (LFPMC Chapter 16.14) on March 9, 2017. There are many substantial changes from the previous regulations.

Read an overview of tree removal and replacement requirements
Read the full regulations (LFPMC 16.14)

What Type of Permit Do I Need?
 There are several factors that determine whether you need a "Major Tree Permit" or a "Minor Tree Permit." Major permits require a site visit and report from the City Arborist, whereas Minor Permits do not. Use the decision-making tool linked below to find out which type of permit you'll need.  

Do I need a major or minor permit?

How to I measure my multi-stemmed tree?
How do I convert tree circumference to diameter?


Download the Tree Removal and Replacement Application

Regardless of whether you need a Major or Minor Permit, you can use the application form below:
Click here to download the Tree Removal and Replacement Permit Application form

Turn in your application Monday - Friday, 9am-12pm or 1pm-3pm. An application fee of $52.50, in the form of cash or check, is due at application. If arborist review is required (Major Permits), arborist time is billed to the applicant directly from the City Arborist (Urban Forestry Services) at a rate of $135/hr.

***SAVE A TREE! Fill out your permit application online and email it to . (You'll still need to bring in cash or check for permit fee before review can start.)***



What Happens after I turn in a tree removal and replacement application?

For Minor Tree Permits

A yellow laminated Notice of Application will be prepared for you, which you will be required to post in a conspicuous location along a public road so that people driving or walking by can see it, for no less than two business days prior to scheduled tree removal. The notice posting shall remain posted until the permit is issued. 

If the City receives comments regarding the proposed tree removal, you may be contacted by our City Arborist to discuss the proposal in more detail, and possibly to discuss alternative options to removal if the tree or trees are considered healthy and worthy of retaining.

A permit may be issued after two business days of posting, provided the tree contractor has a valid City of Lake Forest Park business license. The issued laminated goldenrod permit will need to be posted on the day of removal and remain posted for at least one week following the tree removal.

You must plant at least one tree for each tree removed. The replacement tree(s) must provide equal or greater canopy coverage (based on the LFP Tree List) to those that have been removed. A plan for replacement must accompany the application for removal. City staff can assist you with the materials, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to propose the type and approximate placement for tree replanting.

For Major Tree Permits

 A yellow laminated Notice of Application will be prepared for you, which you will be required to post  in a conspicuous location along a public road so that people driving or walking by can read it, for no less than 14 days prior to scheduled tree removal. The notice posting shall remain posted until the permit is issued. 


Your application will then be forwarded to our City Arborists at Urban Forestry Services (UFS), who will call to arrange a visit in order to assess the health and risk potential for the tree or trees proposed for removal. Once UFS sends a completed report to the Planning Department, you will be notified with the permit decision This permit review process typically takes 4 weeks, provided the tree contractor has a valid City of Lake Forest Park business license.

The issued laminated goldenrod permit will need to be posted on the day of removal and remain posted for at least one week following the tree removal. Tree replacement for Arborist Review permits is calculated based on the lot's canopy coverage goal. If the tree removal causes the property to fall below the canopy coverage goal, a replacement plan to bring the property back to that goal (at 30 years growth) is required prior to permit issuance, and the permit conditions must be recorded with King County. If the property was below the canopy coverage goal prior to tree removal, the property owner must replace trees to reach the canopy percentage that existed prior to tree removal.


Permits Associated with Major Development Activity
Major Development Activity is defined as subdivisions, short plats, new construction, demolition, or any project that adds 1,000 square feet or more of impervious surface to a site. When Major Development Activity occurs, a Major Permit is required, with these additional requirements:

-The City Arborist must recommend tree protection measures for any trees to be retained and inspect these prior to construction. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for the City Arborist to be onsite for a pre-construction meeting, once a building permit is issued.
-If the lot is below the canopy coverage goal prior to tree removal/construction, the property owner must plant trees to achieve the canopy coverage goal
-Tree permit conditions must be recorded with King County
-Viable Trees may not be removed from the property for five years after development completes.

Permit Associated with Minor Development Activity
Building applications for construction near a tree, that do not involve new construction or adding 1,000 square feet or more of impervious surface are considered Minor Development Activity. Whenever Minor Development Activity takes place within the critical root zone of a tree, a Major Permit is required. In general, a tree's critical root zone is 1 foot for every inch of the tree's diameter. For instance, a tree with a diameter of 24 inches has a critical root zone of 24 feet from the base of the tree. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for the City Arborist to be onsite for a pre-construction meeting once a building permit is issued.


Pre-Moratorium and Moratorium Tree Permits

Tree Permits Related to Development
(Applied for prior to the moratorium)

The table below shows development-related tree permits that were applied for prior to the moratorium but have not yet been issued, or were recently issued.

You can view applications and reports pertaining to these permits at this page.

Permit Number Application Date Applicant Address Status Arborist Report Rec'd Permit Issued # of trees proposed for removal
2016-ARP-0040 7/22/2016 Nor Wes 190xx 40th Pl NE Issued Yes Yes 20
2015-ARP-0015 6/3/2015 Valley 4950 NE 184th Street Issued Yes Yes 3
2016-ARP-0047 8/24/2016 Kuppens 17804 28th Ave NE Building Permit not yet rec'd Yes No 2
2016-ARP-0046 8/23/2016 Mason Corner of NE 195th & 46th Ave NE Issued Yes Yes 47
2016-SATR-0011 8/3/2016 LFP Water District 18460 47th Pl NE Clear and Grade permit not yet rec'd Yes No 15
2016-ARP-0024 4/28/2016 LaBoussiere 31xx NE 195th Issued Yes Yes 71
2016-ARP-0012 3/15/2016 Home Heroes 195xx 53rd Ave NE Issued Yes Yes 14
2016-ARP-0009 3/9/2016 Scofield 5330 NE Bothell Way Additional Info needed from Applicant Yes No 1
2016-ARP-0001 1/12/2016 Deckard 170xx 33rd Ave NE Building Permit not yet rec'd Yes No 10
2015-SATR-0037 10/27/2015 AML/Adam Lundberg 3803 NE 155th St Permits currently in review Yes No 4


Learn More about Trees & Forest Care
Learn about what trees are found in this area and descriptions of those trees.

Tree List
Browse through a list of tree heights to find a tree that is appropriate to plant in your location.

Tree Canopy Maps
See the tree canopy coverage of each parcel in Lake Forest Park, and see which parcels are below canopy coverage goals. 

Tree Walks of Lake Forest Park
Find guides on walks that you can take around Lake Forest Park.