Do I need a permit to remove a tree on my property?

Maybe. In most cases, you do not need a permit to remove a tree on your property at this time. However, if the tree is located within a critical area, you may need a Critical Areas Permit in order to remove the tree. There are exemptions to this requirement for hazard trees and documentation must be submitted demonstrating that the exemption applies. The Community Development department will review your documentation and process the exemption.

If the tree is located in the right-of-way or is a street tree, you will need a right-of-way permit. One rule of thumb in determining where the right-of-way is located is to look for city owned items such as water meter boxes and utility poles. Anything between those objects and the curb is most often located within the right-of-way.

Show All Answers

1. Do I need a permit to remove a tree on my property?
2. Do I need a permit to plant a tree on my property?
3. My neighbor’s tree is growing over my property line, can I cut it?
4. Who is responsible for the maintenance of my street tree?
5. I am concerned about a tree located within a critical area or buffer zone. What should I do?
6. Does the City have an urban forest ordinance or an ordinance protecting trees?
7. Is the practice of “windowing” or “skirting up ” trees allowable in the City of Washougal?
8. How do I find a certified arborist or tree care professional?
9. What is tree topping?
10. Where can I go for more information?