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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?


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 Building Permit in Review 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 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
(Applied for During the Moratorium, 9/9/2016-3/22/2017

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 Yes Cancelled No trees proposed for removal. Arborist review to ensure that trees will be protected during construction of a retaining wall. Arborist found trees could not protected so permit was cancelled. 0
2016-LARP-0004 King 16763 39th Ave NE Yes Yes One landmark tree removed that was found by an ISA certified arborist to meet the moratorium risk criteria. 1
2016-LARP-0005 Chavez 3816 NE 182nd St Yes Revisions Required No trees proposed for removal. Arborist review to ensure that trees will be protected during construction of an addition to a single-family home. Arborist found that trees could not be adequately protected; waiting for revised plans. 0
2016-LARP-0006 Templeton 4925 NE 184th St Yes 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
2016-LARP-0007 Deskin 16614 32nd Ave NE Yes Yes Removal of two significant trees in steep slope buffer. Trees found to meet moratorium risk criteria by an ISA certified arborist. 2
2016-LARP-0008 Mclean 4225 NE 169th Ct Yes No Proposed removal of 3 landmark trees. An ISA-certified arborist has found all three trees to be moderate risk with significant consequences. Waiting to receive a replacement plan to bring property back to the goal of 28% prior to issuing permit 3
2017-LARP-0001 Fredricks 3753 NE 170th Pl Yes Denied Proposed removal of one landmark tree. Arborist found that tree did not meet risk criteria of moratorium. 1
2017-LARP-0002 Simkins 4726 NE 187th Pl Yes Yes Proposed removal of one significant tree on steep slope. ISA certified arborist found that tree meets risk criteria of moratorium. 1
2017-LARP-0003 Newsham 2908 NE 178th St Yes Yes Tree protection measures and canopy assessment for new single family home. No trees proposed for removal.
          
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2017-LARP-0004  City of LFP Eagle Scout Park   Yes Yes  Removal of two significant trees, and six exempt right-of-way trees. Ten trees to be replanted.  2 on property, 6 exempt ROW trees
2017-LARP-0005 Gronka  4074 NE 174th St Yes Yes Removal of eleven significant cottonwood trees that an ISA-certified arborist has determined to be high risk. Tree plan to replace a minimum of 942 sqft of canopy coverage approved. 11
2017-LARP-0006 Andersen 3377 NE 178th St Yes Yes Removal of one significant tree in a stream buffer. Tree was found to be extreme risk by an ISA-certified arborist 1
2017-LARP-0007  Ramchandani   19547 40th Pl NE No No  Proposed removal of one landmark tree. ISA certified arborist must find that tree meets risk criteria of moratorium in order to remove.
2017-LARP-0008  LFP Civic Club 17301 Beach Drive NE   Yes Yes Removal of one significant tree in a stream buffer. ISA-certified arborist has found that this tree is high-risk.  1
 2017-LARP-0009  Munch 5427 NE 180th St  Yes No Proposed removal of significant tree in a steep slope buffer, determined to be high-risk by an ISA-certified arborist. Permit will be issued after 14-day notice period.  1

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.