Tree Cutting Ordinance
Tree Cutting Permits
If you are planning to remove a tree whose trunk diameter is greater than 6 inches, you are required to obtain a permit before doing any work. The permit you need is determined by the type of project you are undertaking.
Type A Permit: This permit is required for tree removal within a residential zone that is occupied by a single-family dwelling, where a maximum of three trees is being identified for removal.
- Fee: $50
- Download a Type A Permit
Type B Permit: This permit applies to industrial or commercial zones, unimproved residential parcels, open spaces, or any time more than three trees are requested to be removed. (See tree replacement requirement below)
- Fee: $75 (plus tree replacement if applicable)
- Download a Type B Permit
*Authorized tree removal contractors are required to have a Happy Valley Business license.
Once you have submitted your application, the City will notify you within seven working days if your application is approved. You are allowed to apply for one permit every year unless you have an emergency or special circumstance. Trees within the building envelope of a proposed structure may be exempted from tree removal fees at the discretion of the City.
Tree Replacement Requirement
Any person granted a Type B tree permit shall replace each removed tree with at least one replacement tree on the same property, or an approved alternate public property in the City, or shall make financial contribution to the City’s “Tree Bank” equal to $250.00 per tree.