Tree Regulations

Trees on public property, along street right of ways (improved or unimproved) and on private property are valuable community assets. Because of the many contributions trees provide from a local to a global scale, trees are protected. Trees are regulated on undeveloped and developed private property.

Street Trees. Trees located along streets are referred as street trees. They can be found between the sidewalk and curb in a planting strip or in sidewalk cut-outs. Street trees are also found within the street right of way where no street exists (dedicated right of way), where no sidewalk and curb exists and in some alleys.

Street trees require permission to prune, remove, or otherwise treat in some fashion. However, property owners can water and mulch street trees without permission and the City encourages these activities for a healthy tree population.

Street Tree Regulations – Street tree regulations for planting, pruning, removing and other activities as well as supplemental info (e.g. proper pruning brochure and the like as links)
Because many street trees are poorly or improperly maintained, tree removal occurs without notice, and poor tree selection and placement occurs when planting. The Urban Forestry Program provides the expertise to improve tree maintenance and planting. A new Street Tree Regulation is in development that will provide much needed guidance in this area. The hope is to have these new regulations incorporated into the Renton Municipal Code.

Some of the proposed regulations include the following:
• Permits for street tree planting, pruning and removal
• Spacing guidelines for street trees
• Nuisance tree abatement

Until the Street Tree Regulations become a part of code, please contact the Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Manager before you plant, prune, remove or perform any other work to or around street trees.  Use the Tree Request Form to contact the Urban Forestry Program or to request other information (20 brochures on tree care are available as well).

Private Property Regulations Construction is not compatible with existing tree unless protected first.

Private Property Regulations - click for information

Regulations for Residential Tree Cutting and Removal Flyer
Sidewalk Maintenance and Construction

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