SPECIALIZING IN LOW-IMPACT TREE REMOVAL, MOST PROPERTIES ARE LEFT IN BETTER CONDITION THAN WHEN WE STARTED. EVERY ASPECT OF A REMOVAL, FROM POWER LINE DROPS, TRAFFIC CONTROL, COMPLICATED SET-UP PROCEDURES AND COMPLEX RIGGING SYSTEMS, TO GREAT CLEAN-UP, ARE CAREFULLY HANDLED FOR YOU.

What you need to know about tree removal on Mercer Island

A tree permit is needed to cut down a tree when it’s a result of construction work, in a commercial zone or the tree is a landmark tree or located in a landmark grove. A Mercer Island homeowner will not need a permit in the following situations.

  • Normal pruning and maintenance
  • Removing small trees (conifer tree less than 6 ft. tall or deciduous tree with diameter of 6” or less measured 4 ½ ft. above the ground)
  • Private residential lots unless the tree is in a critical area or landmark tree (explained below)
  • Emergency situation where there’s a danger to life or property

What is a critical tree area?

  • Geologic hazard area prone to erosion, sliding, earthquake or geological event (see City geologic hazard map)
  • Protected slope area
  • Watercourse corridor (see City watercourse maps)
  • Wetland or any area within 25 ft. of the wetlands edge
  • Areas which restricts removal of vegetation or trees, such as a Native Growth Protective Easement (NGPE)

What is a landmark tree?

A permit is needed to cut any landmark tree, no matter the size. The City has a register of landmark trees and groves though the landmark designation can only be assigned with the approval of the property owner.

 

If you have any questions regarding tree regulations or permits, please contact the city arborist at 206-275-7713.

 

13450 SE 242nd Street 

Kent, WA 98042

(206) 304-9659

Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: By Appt. only
Sunday: By Appt. only

 

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