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TREE REMOVAL NOT ASSOCIATED WITH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY

View the tree removal guide to help determine which application form below applies.

Tree Removal Notification
    Tree removal which does not involve the removal of more than two or the last two trees on the property and/or restrictions do not apply to the property (e.g. critical areas, subdivision restrictions, etc.)  There are no fees associated with this review.

Tree Removal Permit Application
    Tree removal requests which do not meet the requirements for the 2-tree removal notification form and usually requires review of a certified arborist report.  A fee is required for this review.
 
-  Public Tree Removal and Public Tree Pruning Permit Application
Tree removal and/or pruning for trees located within the City right-of-way.  Please contact the Planning & Building Department at (425) 587-3600 with questions.  A fee is required for this review.

- Forest Management Plan
A forest management plan must be submitted for developed, significantly wooded sites (over 40% canopy coverage) of at least 35,000 sq. ft. in size in which removal of more than two trees is requested and not exempt under KZC Section 95.20.  See KZC Section 95.23.5.e for additional information.


Urban Forest
Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan
Urban Forest info page
- Urban Forest Work Plan 2014-2019

Tree Canopy Report
The City of Kirkland recently completed its urban tree canopy assessment.

Kirkland Plant List

Arrow Bullet    
Prohibited Plant List
Arrow Bullet    Native Trees
Arrow Bullet    Native Shrubs
Arrow Bullet    Native Groundcover
Arrow Bullet    Evergreen Trees
Arrow Bullet    Deciduous Trees
Arrow Bullet    Shrub and Groundcover

Kirkland Street Tree List
Arrow Bullet
    Minimum 4' Planting Strip
Arrow Bullet    Minimum 6' Planting Strip
Arrow Bullet    Minimum 8' Planting Strip

Miscellaneous
Arrow Bullet  Holmes Point Overlay map & info
Arrow Bullet  Integrated Development Plans: Accelerated Short Plat and Subdivision Review Process Information 
Arrow Bullet 
Tree Protection Fencing Detail
   

 

Tree and Path


TREE REMOVAL ASSOCIATED WITH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY

A tree retention plan is required with new development.  The requirements vary depending on the type of development activity and use on the subject property.  Below are handouts summarizing the tree retention plan requirements.

Tree Retention Plan - Single Family (Minor)
Single-family, or two attached, detached, or stacked dwelling units, and related demolition and land surface modification applications. New development or redevelopment in which the total square footage of the proposed improvements is  less than 50% of the total square footage of existing improvements on the subject property.

Tree Retention Plan - Single Family (Major)
Single-family, or two attached, detached, or stacked dwelling units, and related demolition and land surface modification applications. New development or redevelopment in which the total square footage of the proposed improvements is greater than 50% of the total square footage of existing improvements on the subject property.

Tree Retention Plan - Multifamily, Commercial, and Non-Residential uses
Tree retention requirements for multifamily, commercial, and any other use other than residential, and related demolition and land surface modification applications.

Tree Retention Plan - Subdivisions and Cottage Developments
Tree retention plan requirements for short plat (up to 9 lots), subdivisions (10 or more lots), cottages, carriage units, two/three-unit homes, and related demolition and land surface modifications.

Arborist Reports

Arborist reports, when required for a tree removal request, must be prepared by a qualified professional.  Qualified professionals are individuals with relevant education and training in arboriculture or urban forestry, having two or more of the following credentials:

  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist
  • Tree Risk Assessor Certification (TRACE) as established by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ISA (or equivalent)
  • American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) registered Consulting Arborist
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF) Certified Forester for Forest Management Plans
Below are online resources help determine if an arborist is a qualified professional:

Emergency Tree Removal on Private Property

Any tree on private property that poses an imminent threat to life or property may be removed without first obtaining a permit.

The party removing the tree must contact the City within seven days of removal to provide evidence of threat, such as a certified arborist’s report, photographs and/or or other substantiating evidence, for approval of exemption from the provisions of the Tree Management code.

If the Planning Official determines that the emergency tree removal was not warranted, he or she may require that the party obtain a permit and/or require that replacement trees and vegetation be replanted as mitigation.

Planning & Building Department
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries:
Building Questions
Building_Services@kirklandwa.gov
Planning Questions
PlanningInfo@kirklandwa.gov
T. 425.587.3600 | F. 425.587.3232