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How to apply for a Public Tree Permit

Step one: Hire a Certified Arborist from our list.

Company Name Phone
A1 Tree Service 509.768.4804
A.B.C. Consulting Arborist LLC 509.953.0293
Aardvark Tree Service 509.891.7650
Aesthetic Tree Care LLC 509.655.1839
Affordable Arborist Tree Care 509.879.0577
All Seasons Tree Service 208.660.7461
Aspen Landscaping Inc. 509.993.3015
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 509.482.2722
Community Forestry Consultants Inc. 509.954.6454
Frontier Tree Service 208.487.8733
Greenleaf Landscaping Inc 509.536.2885
Heindl Tree Care Inc 509.475.9135
Impeccable Landscapes NW 509.928.1185
Land Expressions 509.466.6683
Michael Sanborn 509.724.7927
Northwest Plant Health Care a division of Bartlett Tree Experts 509.892.0110
Palms Tree Service & Landscaping 509.276.8659
Pine Marten Tree Care 228.326.7246
Sam's Tree & Landscape LLC 509.467.3801
Selkirk Landscape Services 509.536.1919
Senske Lawn & Tree Care 509.724.2550
Spirit Pruners 509.979.3496
Spokane Pro Care 509.483.5249
Tall Tree Service 509.747.8733
Treescapes Inc 509.922.8733

Certified Arborist list updated May 25, 2017

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

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