Beaverton Tree Removal
Most trees in the city of Beaverton do not require a tree removal permit. But in truth, this does not matter. What does matter is this – Does your specific tree need a permit? The rules in the city if Beaverton doesn’t make that obvious and, unfortunately, you will need to do a little legwork contacting the correct city offices to know for sure.
When Do I Need a Tree Removal Permit?
The first step to finding out if you need a tree removal permit in the city of Beaverton is finding out if you are within the city limits. You can look at a map of the boundaries here.
A second, easier option is to look up your address at www.portlandmaps.com. Under the “Jurisdiction” area, it should say “Beaverton.” If it only lists the county and not the actual city, then you are outside of the city limits. This should be confirmed by contacting city of Beaverton zoning before moving ahead with any tree work.
After you have determined you are indeed in the city of Beaverton there are essentially 2 ways to find out if you need a Beaverton tree removal permit:
- Call a Tree Service Company (Urban Forest Pro 503-226-7143)
- Call the Beaverton City Arborist, Steve Brennan at (503)-526-2206
I know those are not appealing answers as you were hoping to read this article and come away with an answer. The reason for this is because in the City of Beaverton, you can only find out if your tree is one of many protected types (Significant tree/grove, Historic tree/grove, Significant Natural Resource Zone, Landscape trees) by looking at zoning maps which are not provided online.
The city can look this up for you or your arborist most likely has a copy. These trees exist on single-family lots and there is no way to tell unless you look it up.
What are the Reasons for Protecting Trees in Beaverton?
- Your lot backs up to a green space (Probably need a permit)
- You live in a newer development (post-2000) without a designated green space or with small lots (Probably need a permit)
- Your tree is part of a grove of similar trees in your neighborhood (Probably need a permit)
- The tree is on a commercial or multi-family lot (Always need a permit)
If your tree is not in one of these protected zones you can remove as many as you like unless your property is greater than 10,000 square feet. In that case, you can remove up to 4 of them per the calendar year. If your tree does turn out to be protected that does not mean it cannot be taken out. For each of these classes of trees, there is a permitting process but the requirements and fees vary (fee range $75-$1,000).
What Trees Almost Never Require A Permit?
- Trees under 10” in diameter at 4.5’ from the ground are not considered trees unless they are a landscape tree or street tree.
- Lombardi Poplar tree are considered invasive and do not require a permit.
- Fruiting fruit trees do not require permits.
The city also requires a permit for the removal of street trees in Beaverton, but these trees are in most cases easy to identify as they are most likely located between the street and the sidewalk.
If you do determine you do need a permit it is best to enlist the help of an arborist. The chances that your permit will be submitted complete, with justifiable grounds, and thus be approved greatly increase with the help of a professional.
We highly recommend that you do not make a determination about whether or not permits are required based solely on this article. It is intended as a general overview. We recommend you seek further information and confirmation from the city of Beaverton. Please know this article may not be immediately updated when changes are made to Beaverton tree regulations.
Beaverton Tree Hazard Correction
If you look at enough trees in a metro area known for its trees, you’ll see it sooner or later – a tree leaning more than it should be or a limb extended dangerously over a sidewalk or residential structure. In the urban environment, trees can grow into a hazardous situation. If they are not taken care of, and the worst does happen, the owner of the property where the tree stands could be held liable for the resultant damages. And, worst of the worst, they could be held criminally liable as well.
We’re happy to help out. One of our certified arborists can come out to give you a free estimate. If you’re right and the hazard needs to be removed, then you’ve called the right people and we can continue with the pruning or cabling, depending on the situation. If our arborist decides the situation is safe and does not need to be addressed, you can rest easy.
Regardless, it starts with a phone call and Urban Forest Professionals are the right people to call for your Beaverton tree questions.
It doesn’t matter if your Beaverton tree is an ornamental tree, fruit tree, cedar, oak, fir, maple, evergreen or deciduous – eventually, you’re going to need to prune it. Perhaps for aesthetic reasons, perhaps to encourage growth or to even increase property value. Whatever the reason, calling Urban Forest Pros is a good move, especially with our free estimates.
After scheduling your appointment, our team will come out and discuss with you the situation, look at the tree and find out what it is you’re looking to achieve. While every tree is different, as well as every situation, there are a variety of techniques and services we are able to perform, from a full pruning to heavy thinning to a formal pruning for the best look to match your landscaping preferences. Even if your tree has been damaged before by inexperienced tree service workers, there’s a good chance we can help bring back to its full glory.
As you can see, experience has its benefits. Contact us today to set up an appointment in Beaverton to look at your situation and see what the right pruning can do for your tree.
Just like people, sometimes trees need a little extra support. Cabling helps Beaverton trees from failing unexpectedly. The procedure can be used to limit storm damage or prevent limb failure over residential structures when limb removal is either not desired or would create further problems.
As you can probably see, there are more than a few tricks up the sleeves of our certified arborists. Tree cabling is just one of them. And with our free estimates, you can be assured that you’re being provided with the best options with no money out of your pocket. Simply call us at 503-226-7143 to get started on finding out what your unique Beaverton, OR, tree situation requires.
Beaverton Tree Services
This is just a handful of the wide variety of tree services we offer the fine people of Beaverton. From view enhancements to organic pest control, certified arborist reports, height reduction pruning, deep root fertilization, tree planting, stump grinding and more, we are truly the company to call when you need tree services in Beaverton. Do not hesitate to call us at 503-226-7143 to find out what we can do for you.