Tree permits relate to planting, pruning, or removal of trees. To determine whether you need a tree permit, you must first determine if your tree is on private or public property.
If your tree is on your private property, you DO NOT need a tree permit.
If your existing or planned tree is in the public right-of-way, you may need a tree permit depending on the kind of work you will be doing on the tree. Since the width of the right-of-way varies from street to street, and sometimes from block to block, you should always check before working on trees anywhere near roads or alleys.
If you are unsure if your tree is in the right-of-way, please contact our office at 509.363.5495, or UrbanForestry@SpokaneCity.org.
If you have determined that your tree is in the right-of-way, these are the ONLY two conditions in which a tree permit is NOT required.
Any tree work within a right-of-way that does not meet the above conditions DOES require a tree permit, and you must follow the steps below.
Step one: Hire a Certified Arborist from our list.
Disclosure: This is a list of tree services which meet minimum qualifications for a City of Spokane Commercial Tree Service License. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement from Urban Forestry, typical consumer due diligence is recommended.
|A1 Tree Service*||509.623.0344|
|ABC Consulting Arborists LLC||509.953.0293|
|Aardvark Tree Service||509.891.7650|
|Affordable Arborist Tree Care Inc||509.879.0577|
|All Seasons Tree Service||208.660.7461|
|Bartlett Tree Experts||509.892.0110|
|Bluebird Tree Care Inc*||208.651.3959|
|Budget Arbor & Logging LLC||509.458.0838|
|C & C Yard Care Inc*||509.482.0303|
|Clearwater Summit Group Inc||509.482.2722|
|Community Forestry Consultants Inc.*||509.954.6454|
|Deep Roots Garden & Landscaping||509.216.4835|
|Frontier Tree Service||509.487.8733|
|Garden Girl Enterprises||509.218.2322|
|Greenleaf Landscaping Inc||509.536.2885|
|Heindl Tree Care Inc*||509.475.9135|
|IOL Tree Experts||509.217.1650|
|Miller Tree Care LLC||509.981.4208|
|Plant Heath Care Services (PHCS)*||509.499.5308|
|River City Tree Works||509.723.6787|
|Sam's Tree & Landscape LLC||509.467.3801|
|Selkirk Landscape Services||509.536.1919|
|Skyline Tree Service LLC||509.496.9793|
|Spirit Pruners LLC*||509.979.3496|
|Spokane Tree Pro||509.998.2771|
|Tall Tree Service||509.747.8733|
*Currently has a Tree Risk Assessor Qualification, ~as of March 2021
Step two: Your Certified Arborist fills out the online Public Tree Permit Application and submits it to the Spokane Urban Forestry Program.
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 116 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 6.8 MB).
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Spokane, WA 99201