TREE REMOVAL NOT ASSOCIATED WITH DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY
View the tree removal guide to help determine which application form below applies.
Tree Removal Notification
Application Form (submit in person at City Hall)
A 'Tree Removal Notification' applies to 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
Apply Online (new users will need to create an account)
Tree Removal Permit Application applies to 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. The review takes approximately 15 business days and may involve a site visit from the Development Review Arborist. Once the review is complete, the Development Review Arborist will issue denial or approval of the permit through email.
Tree Pruning & Topping
A permit is not required to prune trees on private property however pruning which results in the removal of at least half of the live crown will be considered tree removal and subject to the provisions in KZC 95.23. Tree topping is not allowed.
- 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 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
Prohibited Plant List
Shrub and Groundcover
Kirkland Street Tree List
Minimum 4' Planting Strip
Minimum 6' Planting Strip
Minimum 8' Planting Strip
Holmes Point Overlay map & info
Integrated Development Plans: Accelerated Short Plat and Subdivision Review Process Information
Tree Protection Fencing Detail
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, 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:
Below are online resources help determine if an arborist is a qualified professional:
- 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
|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.