Seattle’s Tree Ordinance

Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee 12/18/19

Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee

12/18/2019 -Agenda: Public Comment; Briefing on need for and status of Resolution 31902 concerning updated Seattle Tree Ordinance; Public Comment II.
9/16/2019    Resolution 31902 – A RESOLUTION declaring the City Council’s and the Mayor’s intent to consider strategies to protect trees and increase Seattle’s tree canopy cover.

Seattle’s current tree ordinance Chapter 25.11 – TREE PROTECTION.  

Summary of Seattle’s tree ordinancesTREE PROTECTIONS per SMC Title 23 and SMC 25.11  – Sept. 23, 2016

Proposed Ordinance Update Documents – 2018:

City Council Draft Tree Regulations UpdateDraft D7 2018
SEPA Environmental Checklist for Draft D7
SEPA DNS for D7 Draft
Summary of proposed tree regulation bill and identified issues August 16, 2018 Council Staff memo
Draft Updates to Seattle’s Tree Regulations May 11, 2018 Council Memo

Seattle Tree Protection Regulations Tip 242 MAY 2011

Other documents:

Tree Regulations Research Report Phase 1 Final Report – Sept 26, 2016

Tree Regulation Research Project – Phase II, Final Report Seattle DCI and OSE, March 31, 2017

Mayor Burgess Executive order 2017-11: Tree Protection

City of Seattle Tree Regulations – Trees for Seattle website – city web portal

2002 Seattle Tree Protection Ordinance Language. Not the current ordinance – here only for comparison purposes. Passed in 2001.

Chapter 23 Land Use Code

Seattle City Council Resolution 31138 passed on August 3, 2009 directed the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to examine a variety of issues to increase protection of trees and Seattle’s urban forest.

SDCI Tree Regulations – slide presentation to Seattle Urban Forestry Commission Nov, 1, 2017

DPD Tree Protection Regulations Administrated by DPD – slide presentation to Seattle Urban Forestry Commission – June 10, 2015

Rule 16-2008 – Designation of Exceptional Trees – Oct 16, 2008

Rule 30-2015 – Standards for Landscaping, including Green Factor – Dec 22, 2015

Rule 17-2018 – Tree Valuations and Civil Penalties for Tree Protection Code Violations -May 14, 2018

SDCI-CAM Tip #242 -Tree Protection Regulations in Seattle – May 1, 2011

SDCI Seattle Permits – Tip 103 – Site Plan Requirements – May 14, 2013

SDCI Seattle Permits – Tip 331 – Environmental Critical Areas Code – June 30, 2014

SDCI  Seattle Permits – Tip 331A – Environmentally Critical Areas – Vegetation Restoration -Feb 28, 2007

SDCI Seattle Permits – Tip 331B – Hazard Trees – Feb 26, 2018

DPD’s Summary of Pacific Northwest Municipal Tree Regulations.- Feb 2010 (dated document since some of the ordinances listed have been updated)

Seattle’s Updated Street Tree Ordinance – Chapter 15.43 – Tree and Vegetation Management in Public Places


DPD  Draft of Proposed Tree Ordinance Update: 2010 – (not enacted):

City of Seattle Proposed Tree Regulations July 14, 2010 Briefing Paper

Summary – City of Seattle Proposed Tree Regulations July 14, 2010

Seattle DPD Tree Regulations Proposal-slide presentation. August 4, 2010

Seattle Urban Forestry Commission’s preliminary assessment of DPD’s proposed tree regulations released July 10, 2010.

Seattle Urban Forestry Commission’s follow up letter on DPD’s Proposed Tree Regulations Oct 20, 2010.

Seattle Urban Forestry Commission Position paper on Tracking and Permitting of Tree Removals February 7, 2011

Seattle DPD Proposes Eliminating Almost All Tree Protections Save the Trees-Seattle’s Critique of DPD’s first draft of Tree ordinance, August 5, 2010

Seattle DPD Proposes Eliminating Almost all Tree Protections. Save the Trees-Seattle August 2, 2010

DPD Second Draft of Proposed Tree Ordinance Update-  2012 (not enacted)

DPD Private Property Tree Regulations Update Ordinance July 11, 2012 draft 4.

Seattle DPD Private Property Tree Regulations Update – FAQ – July 2012

City of Seattle Private Property Tree Regulations Update Director’s Report July 2012.

City of Seattle Revised Draft Tree Regulation Update Summary July 2012

Seattle DPD’s Latest Draft Tree Ordinance Needs Strengthening, Part 1 – Save the Trees-Seattle’s Response to second draft of DPD’s tree ordinance July 29, 2012

Seattle DPD’s Latest Tree Ordinance Needs Strengthening – Part 2 Save the Trees – Seattle’s Response to second draft of DPD’s tree ordinance July 29, 2012