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Procedures, Permitting Process and Approvals for Right-of-Way Improvements
2.9 Street Trees and Landscaping Permits

SDOT standards include the preservation or planting of trees as an integral part of proposals for improvements in the street right-of-way. Selected, installed and protected to provide optimum functional and environmental benefits, trees are required elements of street right-of-way infrastructure to be maintained and preserved for public benefit.

Though the City of Seattle issues various types of permits associated with trees and related landscape improvements on land under public jurisdiction, SDOT Urban Forestry Division is the lead for review and approval of plans for tree preservation, tree planting and related improvements in street right-of-way areas. Street Use Permits are required for installation, pruning, or removal of street trees and for installation of landscape improvements that require inspection to ensure compliance with public safety standards.
2.9.1 Street Tree Permits

To encourage the proper planting of trees in the street right-of-way, SDOT's Urban Forestry Division provides review and approval of the tree type and planting location at no cost to the applicant. Applicants are responsible for maintenance of trees planted, including regular watering to ensure establishment, mulching, and pruning to ensure appropriate clearances over streets and sidewalks. Go to the Urban Forestry webpage for more information and to get a copy of the Street Tree Permit application.

 

2.9.2 Street Tree Removal or Pruning Permits

Street Tree Removal or Pruning Permits are required under Seattle Municipal Code. Permit applications are subject to review and approval by the SDOT's Urban Forestry Division. Go to the Urban Forestry webpage for more information and to get a copy of the Street Tree – Pruning and Removal permit application.

Permit applications may be required to include public notification. In cases where the applicant is not the owner of the property abutting the proposed work, applications must include signatures of adjacent property owners. The extent of notification is determined on a case by case basis to ensure public safety and awareness and/or approval of the project. Names and addresses of contacts may be submitted for approval or provided as a component of the permit review process by the SDOT Urban Forestry Division. Permitted work must be completed within 60 working days from the time of permit issuance, unless otherwise defined by the permit.
2.9.3 Beautification Permits

Beautification permits are required for the installation of landscape improvements in the street right-of-way. SDOT's Urban Forestry Division provides support services to promote appropriate planting in the street right-of-way. Applicants are encouraged to contact SDOT Urban Forestry Division to receive information on permit requirements and/or general guidelines for landscape architectural design and construction in the street right-of-way.

2.9.4 Green Factor in the Right of Way Permits

When development projects propose to use the right of way to meet the development Green Factor requirements, a Green Factor in the Right of Way permit is required from SDOT.  If a Street Improvement Permit (SIP) is required because of other land use code required improvements, the Green Factor in the Right of Way is reviewed in conjunction with the SIP. 

 
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Chapter 2
Procedures, Permitting Process and Approvals for Right-of-Way Improvements
2.1 Navigating the City of Seattle Permit Process
2.2 Street Right-of-Way Permits
2.3 Street Improvement Permits – Group 3 permits
2.4 Other Street Use Construction Permits – Groups 1 and 2
2.5 Right-of-Way Use Permits
2.6 Shoring and Excavation Permits
2.7 Utility Permits
2.8 Non-Construction Permits
2.9 Street Trees and Landscaping Permits
2.10 Other Street Right-of-Way Improvement Activities
2.11 Deviation Request Process for Street Right-of-Way Improvements
2.12 Environmental Review and Approvals
2.13 King County Permits and Approvals
2.14 State and Federal Permits and Approvals
2.15 Contact Information
   
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