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The City is currently reviewing the Development Code to clarify and consolidate tree codes to make them easier to understand and implement.
Tree code update project details
They promote soil stability, reduce flooding and runoff, filter air pollution and traffic noise, provide shade, and add to the overall livability of Gresham.
By caring for the trees on your property, you are making an investment for yourself and future generations, as well as the community.
Trees in Gresham are regulated differently depending on their location, purpose, size, and type. The City regulates the cutting of trees by making sure too many aren’t cut down at once, trees are replaced to maintain or add to our tree inventory, and damaged or overgrown trees don’t become a hazard to you and your neighbors.
Tree regulations in the Development Code
Uncontrolled cutting or destruction of trees within the city decreases the community's livability. It is in the public interest to preserve significant trees, to control the cutting of trees, and to protect trees from damage. Trees in Gresham are regulated differently depending on their location, purpose, size, and significance.
Before removing any tree on your property, and to determine whether you need a removal permit, we recommend contacting the Planner on Duty at 503-618-2780 or POD@GreshamOregon.gov. You can call anytime you have a question about trees in your yard.
Any tree less than eight inches in diameter measured at 4.5 feet in height may be removed without a permit. However, relocation of a healthy tree is encouraged.
Trees over eight inches in diameter measured at 4.5 feet are regulated trees. Except on properties in the Hillside, Habitat Conservation Area, or Flood Plain areas or as otherwise specified in the City's tree regulations:
You must obtain a
tree removal exemption prior to removal of any regulated trees on your property.
tree removal permit if your property is in the Hillside, Habitat Conservation Area, or Flood Plain areas. You can check whether any of these areas are present on your property by typing your address into
If you have any questions about tree removal contact the Planner on Duty at 503-618-2780 or POD@GreshamOregon.gov for additional information.
Significant trees are trees adopted by the City, with the approval of the property owner, as trees of significance to Gresham. The significance may be related to a historic event, uniqueness of shape or species, location, age or functionality.
Removal of a significant tree must be approved by a Type III hearings official decision, based on criteria in Section A14.004 of the Development Code.
The preservation of significant trees enhances Gresham's livability, history and is an opportunity for recognition and education. Nominate a tree by submitting a significant tree nomination form to:
Urban Forestry Subcommittee Attn: Tina Osterink 1333 NW Eastman Parkway Gresham, OR 97030
You may also drop off the forms at City Hall or email them to Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov or call 503-618-2392.
Property owners are responsible for the care and maintenance of street trees located in the public right-of-way next to their properties.
Trees in the planter strip located between the sidewalk and the curb and often trees located within 10 feet of the front property line are street trees. Because street trees are located in the right-of-way, they are regulated by the City and can’t be cut down or planted without a free Type I street tree removal permit. Additionally, the trees must be replaced using the street tree list.
If you are interested in adding more trees on your block, the City’s street tree list offers lots of choices for trees that don’t grow too high, block sun or views, and that thrive in our climate.
The street trees on your block are so much more than just trees. In addition to making a street look more appealing:
When a street tree lifts the sidewalk in front of your house, the sidewalk must be repaired.
Property owners are responsible for the care and maintenance of street trees located in the public right-of-way next to their properties. By caring for your trees you are making an investment for yourself and future generations, as well as for the community at large. The information below can help you protect your investment for years to come.
Gresham has been designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This honor is the result of work recognizing trees as an important part of Gresham's quality of life.
Friends of Trees certified arborists
International Society of Arborculture
Oregon Department of Forestry - Urban Forests
Oregon State University Extension Service
Urban Forestry Subcommittee
The Arboretum is a special place to enjoy the wide range of trees that thrive in the city. Visit the Arboretum at 2303 SE Palmquist Road at Gradin Community Sports Park.
The Arboretum is organized around four areas that make up fall, winter, spring and summer tree collections.
The street tree demonstration along Palmquist Road includes 25 of the best-known and newest street tree species. Interested in planting street trees in front of your house?
City-approved street trees
Located on the north side of the park, this collection underscores how large conifers can be used as screening among pockets of deciduous trees and drought-tolerant native shrubs.
The idea for an arboretum was first suggested in 2009 at a public forum for the Urban Forestry Management Plan. GreenWorks developed the site plan with input from the public and the City's Urban Forestry Subcommittee.
Still a labor of love, the Arboretum will one day include more than 400 trees of almost 300 varieties.
Arboretum site plan
A perimeter buffer on the west side of the park repeats the theme of the four seasons and examples of native trees for parking lots and large canopy trees with tall frames for parking lots.
Many local groups, including the Rotary Club of Gresham and residents on the Urban Forestry Subcommittee, volunteer time and resources to Arboretum plantings and projects so it continues to grow. Development takes place as funding is available.
The Arboretum features a one-mile paved path to see the trees, located around the perimeter of Gradin Sports Park.
Signature tree species are repeated throughout the Arboretum, including Flowering Dogwood (Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder') and Hogan Cedars (Thuja plicata 'Hogan').
A sugar Maple shows off its fall foliage at the Arboretum.