The City of Salem wants to line its streets with trees in order 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)
Activities requiring a permit
You need to obtain a permit for activities that impact City trees such as:
- Removing a tree [SRC 86.090(a)].
- Planting a tree on City property
- 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
Street tree applications are available in person at the Public Works Permit Application Center desk, Room 320 at Civic Center.
The general application must include the following:
- The name of the property owner or their agent
- The contractor name and contact information, if you are using one
- Your address
- Number of trees under this permit application
- Address of nearby properties
- Locations of the trees relative to the site, e.g. tree just to the left of the driveway.
If the tree is located in a Historic District, the removal is subject to Historic Design Review under
SRC Chapter 230 and replanting will be required.