How to apply for a Public Tree Permit

Step one: Hire a Certified Arborist from our list.

Certified Arborist list updated July 10, 2018

Step two: Your Certified Arborist fills out the Public Tree Permit Application (PDF 242 KB) and submits it to the Spokane Urban Forestry Program via fax at 509.625.6205, postal mail, hand delivery, or urbanforestry@spokanecity.org. Our offices are located at:

City Hall
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Step three: Spokane Urban Forestry staff will review your application and inspect the tree site before approving or denying the Public Tree Permit Application. We will notify the applicant of the decision, typically within 2 working days. Do not begin any tree work until an approved permit has been issued.

Because it only takes a moment to improperly prune or remove a tree but a lifetime to grow the right tree in the right place, it is imperative to protect and preserve mature trees from unnecessary damage or removal.

Therefore all pruning, planting, and removals of public trees within the public rights-of-way (or any public tree located on City property) must be performed by an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist with a current Commercial Tree License (PDF 58 KB) and an approved Public Tree Permit. A street obstruction permit may also be required to perform the work and can be obtained through City of Spokane Engineering Services, 509.625.6700.

Different site conditions can dictate which tree species are most appropriate for different planting locations within the City. For guidance on species selection, please consult our Approved Street Tree List (PDF 8.2 MB).


Contact Information

5th Floor - City Hall
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509.363.5495
Fax: 509.325.6205
UrbanForestry@SpokaneCity.org

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