Planting Street Trees
Seattle’s public rights-of-way along our streets provide an excellent opportunity to add trees to our City. Planting a tree in the right-of-way requires special consideration of what tree and where to plant to prevent conflicts between utility lines and pipes, to minimize traffic impacts and to allow the tree to grow in that sometimes confined space. That’s why a permit is required from Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) before you plant –and it’s free! Don’t forget to call before you dig to locate underground utilities - give 2-days notice before you begin to dig: 1-800-424-5555
If you don't know where the right-of-way is on your property, you can use this tool from the Department of Planning. Enter your address and check the box for the parcels and pavement edge boxes. The area between these two is the right of way.
After you receive the permit to plant, you will be responsible for properly planting and maintaining the tree. This includes watering during the hot summer dry season, mulching and pruning.
SDOT Street Tree Planting Procedures – including planting tips and appropriate species
SDOT Street Tree Pruning or Removal Permit
Choose the right tree when planting under or near power lines