We want to line Salem's streets with trees to capture the benefits trees provide for the whole community. To protect and enhance the health of these trees and enhance public safety, you need to get a permit to plant, remove, treat, or prune trees on City-owned property. These include trees growing in planter strips between the street and sidewalk. (Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapter 86 and Administrative rule 109-500)
The Community Forestry Strategic Plan acknowledges the benefits of trees, establishes six goals, and sets specific actions, priorities, and partnerships needed to achieve those goals.
Can you remove trees on your private property?
Activities requiring a permit
You need to obtain a permit for activities that impact City trees such as:
Removing trees (non-development related) [SRC 86.090(a)].
Planting a tree
Pruning a tree
- Installing lights or other attachments on City trees
- Collecting cuttings or other materials from trees for commercial purposes
- Construction work within the dripline of a City tree
- Removing trees for Development Projects (You may need additional permits if the tree is protected.)
Street tree applications are available in person at the Public Works Permit Application Center desk, Room 320 at Civic Center, or by mail or email.