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Tree Permits and Information

View Tree Permits Related to Development

You can view applications and reports pertaining to tree removals associated with
development activity at this page.

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 Consult, Arborist Review, and Sensitive Area fees include two hours of arborist time. If more than two hours are required, an additional $110.25/hour will be charged at time of permit issuance.

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


Tree Removal Permit Review Process

How does staff determine what kind of tree permit you'll need?

               Start
 
 
     Sensitive Area?    No       Landmark Tree?                      No         Significant Tree?  
    Do you have any 
   Wetlands, Streams, 
       or Steep Slopes 
          on or near
       your  property?
See Map for reference
              Are any 
      of the trees you
       wish to remove
  over 28" in diameter
     at 4.5 feet above
         the ground?
         Are the trees
   you wish to remove
   over 6 " in diameter 
           at 4.5 feet  
   above the ground?





 No
         You do not
       need a 
         Tree
        Permit 
                  Yes                  Yes                  Yes
     
  Remove more than 1?    Yes            Yes  Remove more than 2?
             
    SENSITIVE AREA

     TREE REMOVAL  
           PERMIT
  
       Are you planning
         to remove
      more than one 
    Landmark Tree?
                   Are you 
   planning to remove  
       more than two  
     Significant Trees? 
      
Include all trees 
       removed in the
           last 3 years
       
                  No                       No
             
    
Arborist Review
         TREE REMOVAL   
                PERMIT
 
   
                
    Arborist Consult

       TREE REMOVAL 
            PERMIT
   
         
    Administrative

      TREE REMOVAL  
             PERMIT

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
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 2 weeks prior to scheduled tree removal. 

Your application will then be forwarded to our City Arborist, Mike Woodbury, who will call to arrange a visit in order to assess the health and hazard potential for the tree or trees proposed for removal. Once Mr. Woodbury sends his completed report to the Planning Department, you will be notified as soon as the permit is prepared. 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 Consult and 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
 
Building applications for construction near a tree, as well as short-plat and subdivision applications, require an Arborist Consult 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.

Building application packets for construction in which three or more trees are planned to be removed must include an application for an Arborist Review Tree Removal Permit. The first hour of our City Arborist's time is included with the cost of this permit. Additional hours for the City Arborist to meet all criteria for an arborist report will be billed to the applicant at time of permit issuance.

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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