Individual Tree Removal: The City of Kenmore requires a tree removal application for all tree removal not related to development. Tree removal related to development (i.e. subdivision) will be reviewed as part of the land use application through a tree management and protection plan. For individual removal not related to development, application form #303 is required. The City will review the application and determine if a permit is required. If a permit is required, the permit fee is $77.70; this fee is based on the 2017 fee resolution as adopted by the City Council (effective date: November 8, 2016). An additional 3% applies to credit card payments. Trees located in the public right-of-way (ROW) require a separate ROW permit in addition to a tree removal permit (form #304).
Tree Removal related to Development Projects: Retention and protection of existing trees is one of the primary goals of Kenmore's tree management regulations and should be implemented as part of a development's tree management plan. Trees provide countless benefits to soil, surface water, wildlife, and add natural beauty and sense of place for communities (KMC 18.57.015). Tree Management Plans associated to developments are reviewed as part of the land use application prior to preliminary approval. For information on how to develop a tree management plan see Guide to Developing a Tree Management and Protection Plan (form #503).
Hiring an Arborist? To search for an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist visit their website at: http://www.treesaregood.org/findanarborist/findanarborist.aspx.
Tree Maintenance: Healthy trees are an asset to our community. The practice of tree topping often leads directly to a tree becoming unhealthy and unsafe. The City of Kenmore does not encourage tree topping; selective pruning is preferred (not to exceed 20% per year). Because of this, we encourage residents to contact a certified arborist when they are considering tree care and maintenance.
- ISA Basic Tree Risk Assessment form (completed by an ISA certified arborist)
- King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks "Going Native: A guide to creating your own native plant landscape" informational handout
- Pacific Northwest International Society of Arboriculture
- International Society of Arboriculture
- Trees Are Good (www.treesaregood.org)