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Saving Trees in Lake Forest Park - Understanding the Tree Removal Moratorium

The recently adopted six-month moratorium on tree removals protects our tree canopy while the Lake Forest Park City Council works on updating the City’s tree regulations. This means no one may remove a tree in Lake Forest Park unless  they meet strict criteria. Find out more by clicking on “Understanding the Moratorium,” below.
Understanding the Moratorium


Current 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 tree removals associated with development activity 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 Building Permit not yet rec'd Yes No 41
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 Ready to Issue when Clear + Grade permit complete Yes No 71
2016-ARP-0012 3/15/2016 Home Heroes 195xx 53rd Ave NE Additional Info needed from Applicant Yes No 7
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

Limited Arborist Review Permits

The following permits were applied for during the tree removal moratorium and required arborist review. In these cases, trees may only be permitted for removal if an ISA-certified arborist finds that the trees are moderate risk with significant to severe consequences, or high risk.

 

Permit Number Applicant Address Report Issued Permit Issued Comments # of Trees for Removal
2016-LARP-0001 Cheshire 19013 20th Ave NE Yes Denied Low risk, negligible consequences 1
2016-LARP-0002 Russell 19218 25th Ave NE Yes Yes Issued. Trees determined to be moderate risk with significant consequences 2
2016-LARP-0003 Leptich 19563 44th Ave NE No No No trees proposed for removal. Arborist review to ensure that trees will be protected during construction of a retaining wall. 0
2016-LARP-0004 King 16763 39th Ave NE Yes No Proposed removal of one landmark tree. Tree risk assessment currently in review by City Arborist. Trees will only be permitted for removal if the City Arborist determines the trees to meet the moratorium risk criteria. 1
2016-LARP-0005 Chavez 3816 NE 182nd St No No No trees proposed for removal. Arborist review to ensure that trees will be protected during construction of an addition to a single-family home. 0
2016-LARP-0006 Templeton 4925 NE 184th St No No Proposed removal of up to five trees. Trees will only be permitted for removal if the City Arborist determines the trees to meet the moratorium risk criteria. 5

Non-Arborist Tree Removal Permits

The tree removal moratorium allows for up to two significant (non-landmark) trees to be removed from a property within a three year period without an arborist report, as long as the trees are not located in an environmentally sensitive area or buffer. The table below shows non-arborist permits that have been applied for during the moratorium.

Permit Number Applicant Address Permit Issued # of Trees for Removal
2016-ATR-0096 Repp 3311 NE 181st St Yes 1
2016-ATR-0091 Davidson 20223 37th Ave NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0092 Stahl 19846 30th Ave NE Yes 2
2016-ATR-0093 Rainey/Cox 5223 NE 187th St Yes 1
2016-ATR-0094 Amato 19526 38th Ave NE Yes 2
2016-ATR-0097 Yarnish 16030 32nd Ave NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0098 Rice 18456 40th Pl NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0100 Newlands 18430 40th Pl NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0101 Liming 16231 37th Ave NE Yes 2
2016-ATR-0102 Jones 19842 31st Ave NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0103 Horn 19860 31st Ave NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0104 Ramchandani 19547 40th Pl NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0105 Burkanov 3202 NE 185th St Yes 1
2016-ATR-0106 Bennett 19509 53rd Ave NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0107 Weidkamp 3411 NE 193rd St Yes 1
2016-ATR-0108 Weber 3502 NE 204th St Yes 1
2016-ATR-0109 Larry 18503 32nd Pl NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0110 Zaccarei 18442 47th Pl NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0112 Baierlein 19551 38th Ave NE Yes 2
2016-ATR-0113 Miller 20405 45th Ave NE Yes 1
2016-ATR-0114 Huling 4606 NE 203rd Ct Yes 1
2016-ATR-0115 Blackadder 4633 NE 203rd Ct Yes 1
2016-ATR-0116 Nilson 18505 37th Ave NE Yes 2
 2016-ATR-0117 Fiene   4014 NE 178th St Yes  1 
 2016-ATR-0118  Yoon  19200 32nd Ave NE  Yes  1 
2016-ATR-0111 Vance 16226 39th Ave NE No 1
2016-ATR-0095 Staudt/Richardson 18483 Ballinger Way NE No 1
2016-ATR-0099 Allan 4514 NE 170th St No 1


Download the Tree Removal and Replacement Application

Click here to download the Tree Removal and Replacement Permit Application form

Turn in your application Tuesday - Friday, 9am-12pm or 1pm-3pm. Staff determines permit fee based on type of permit required. Cash or check for permit fees due at time of application.

***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.)***

2016 Permit Application Fees Application fees for Tree Removal and Replacement Permits are changing beginning January 1st, 2016.  ***Please Note: All prices listed below include a 5% technology charge. The Arborist Review and Sensitive Area fees include a deposit for arborist time. The balance for arborist time is due at permit issuance.

Administrative Tree Removal Permit: $26.25
Arborist Review Tree Removal Permit: $215.25
Sensitive Area Tree Removal Permit: $241.50






What happens after I turn in a Tree Removal application?
 
For Administrative Tree Removal 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 days prior to scheduled tree removal.

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 days of application, 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 is required on a 1:1 basis. 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 Arborist Consult, Arborist Review, & Sensitive Area Tree Removal Permits

*Please see the Understanding the Moratorium document for additional requirements on these 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 2 weeks prior to scheduled tree removal. 

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 (see "Understanding the Moratorium" for situations in which permits may be issued). This permit review process typically takes 2-4 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 according to remaining canopy and for Sensitive Area permits, tree replacement is required on a 1:1 basis.

Tree Permits for  Building Permit Applications

*Due to the tree removal moratorium, only trees with a certain risk profile may be removed. See Understanding the Moratorium for more info.*

Building applications for construction near a tree, as well as short-plat and subdivision applications, require an Arborist Review Tree Removal permit, as protection measures are required when construction may encroach within the drip-line of existing trees. 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 applicant would prefer to have an outside arborist prepare a report for the City Arborist to review, please include an Arborist Report Checklist to ensure that your arborist report meets all submittal requirements. Any lacking information may be completed by the City Arborist at the applicant's expense. 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.
 

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Tree Canopy Maps
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