Tree Planting Rebates
Update 4/30/21: New tree rebate applications are no longer being accepted. There is a possibility that more funds will be available later in 2021. Sign up for the program waitlist to be notified when rebates become available. Additional rebates will be given to the wait list on a first-come, first-served basis.
Planting trees is an easy, affordable way to help the environment on your own property. Planting trees creates a canopy, or "umbrella," of leaves that helps provide shade and reduces the intensity of rainfall before it hits the ground.
City of Kirkland provides rebates of up to $150 per tree and $500 per property for planting approved trees. In addition to planting trees, you can also help protect the environment by practicing natural yard care, installing green stormwater infrastructure, and keeping stormwater clean.
Trees help prevent flooding in our neighborhoods, provide shade for our homes, and help filter pollutants to provide clean water for Lake Washington.
Trees catch rainfall on their leaves, needles, and branches, slowing down the flow of rainwater. Their roots allow rainwater to more easily filter into the soil, and they absorb water and transpire it through their leaves or needles back into the atmosphere.
As trees grow and mature, their environmental benefits increase. The larger canopies and root systems of mature trees can soak up rainwater runoff now, while planting new trees can help us in the long-term. This is why it is so important retain existing trees in addition to planting new ones.
City of Kirkland will provide rebates up to $150 per tree, with a maximum total rebate of $500 per property in 2021. Rebates cover the cost of trees, compost soil amendments, and mulch top dressing in the immediate area around the tree.
Rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the 2021 program funds run out. More details are available in the rebate requirements tab below.
1) Take and Pass Online Tree Planting Course
Participants must take Kirkland's online tree planting course to help ensure trees survive and thrive on your property.
Take the online tree planting course
Upon completion and passing of the course, City staff will email you to follow up on next steps. Do not buy or plant your tree yet.
2) Sign and Submit Maintenance Agreement
In order to receive rebates, participants must fill out, sign, and submit a maintenance agreement for their tree planting. This must be submitted prior to purchasing or planting the tree(s).
Maintenance Agreement(PDF, 54KB)
3) Purchase and Plant Your Tree
Once you receive confirmation that your maintenance agreement was received and approved, you can get to planting!
Trees must be selected from the Washington Department of Ecology Stormwater Tree List. City of Kirkland staff may approve other trees not on this list on a case by case basis. Trees must have a minimum mature height of 15 feet and a mature canopy width of at least 10 feet to potentially qualify. If a tree you are interested in planting is not on the list, you must receive approval from City of Kirkland staff (email below) prior to purchasing plants.
Note: You will not receive rebates if you choose a tree not on these lists. If you have questions about your tree selection, please email email@example.com prior to purchasing.
Be sure to always call 811 at least 48 hours prior to planting to locate buried utilities. Follow the City of Kirkland's Tree Planting Guide(PDF, 8MB) when you plan.
4) Submit Rebate Form
After your tree planting is complete, complete the online rebate form and be prepared to submit the following items:
- W-9 Form(PDF, 67KB)
- Photo of planted tree
- Proof of payment including an itemized receipt
- Photo of nursery tag on tree
City staff may also need to physically inspect your tree planting on a case by case basis. Advance notice will be provided and COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed.
After approval of your rebate paperwork, you can expect a check from the City in 2-3 weeks!
Submit Your Rebate Form
- Trees must be planted within Kirkland City Limits.
- Trees must be planted on property you own. If you do not own the property (i.e. tenant or renter) you must obtain written permission from the owner to plant trees.
- Trees must be planted on your private property and not in the City right of way.
- Tree planting that is required to meet a condition of development, City Code, or permit is not eligible. Only voluntary tree planting is eligible for this rebate program.
- Tree rebates cannot be used to remove/replace existing trees on the property
- For the purposes of this program, trees are defined as woody plants whose height is greater than 15 feet and canopy width is greater than 10 feet at maturity
- Trees must be selected from the Washington Department of Ecology Stormwater Tree List
- Trees not on this list may be approved on a case by case basis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for tree eligibility questions. Trees planted that are not on the above list and have not received official approval from City staff will not be rebate eligible.
- The following trees are not eligible and are prohibited:
- English holly, European mountain ash, English laurel, Sycamore maple, Common hawthorn, Black locust, Tree-of-heaven
- Rebates are limited to $150 per tree with a maximum rebate of $500 per property per year.
- Eligible rebates cover the cost of trees, compost for soil amendment, and mulch to protect the soil. Rebates do not cover the cost of delivery, installation, etc.
- Participants must first take and pass (70% or higher) online tree planting course and submit a signed maintenance agreement prior to purchasing trees.
Rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until 2021 program funds run out. The maximum rebate of $500 is held for your parcel upon submittal of your completed and signed maintenance agreement (Step 2 in the rebate process).
If your total rebate is less than $500, the remaining difference will still be held for your parcel but will depend on the overall program fund. For example, if your rebate is $300. You will potentially have $200 still to use for future tree planting. However, the remaining $200 is not guaranteed and program funds may be depleted or expire beforehand. If you plan to use your remaining funds, please contact email@example.com for program status/approval prior to purchasing/planting your tree.
- It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure the tree is planted in an appropriate place on their property including:
- At least 10 feet from buildings, 5 feet from property lines, 5 feet from pavement edges, 20 feet from streetlights and other trees, 30 feet from corner curbs, and 10 feet from underground utilities.
- City of Kirkland is not responsible for or liable for any future damage caused by trees planted through this program.
- The property owner is responsible for following tree planting and tree care best practices provided in the City’s Tree Planting(PDF, 8MB) and Tree Care(PDF, 3MB) guides. The City will not provide additional rebates/vouchers for trees that do not survive.
- City of Kirkland staff will conduct annual follow up with participants to check on tree health and provide maintenance/care recommendations.
This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement PC-01J18101 to Washington Department of Ecology. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.