Planning & Zoning
Residential Tree Removal
A residential property owner can remove up to five trees during a three-year period provided the required minimum ratio of four trees per each 5,000 square feet of total lot area remain on the site or are re-planted.
A free, Landclearing Permit Exemption is required and must be obtained from the Planning Department prior to removing any trees, including those deemed hazardous or diseased.
Hazardous and diseased trees are permitted to be removed following a site visit by the City’s Arborist, and do not count towards the minimum tree removal requirement. See Table 14T-66 for payment responsibility.
No tree removal is permitted on any residential property located within the City of Lacey until a Landclearing Permit is received from the Lacey Community Development Department.
Obtaining a Landclearing Permit Exemption
The following situations typically qualify for issuance of a Landclearing Permit Exemption:
- Removal of hazard trees and ground cover in emergency situation involving immediate danger to life or property or substantial fire hazards as determined by the City's Arborist;
- Removal of five or fewer trees in any 36 consecutive months, or ground cover for the purposes of solar access, general property and utility maintenance, landscaping or gardening;
- Removal of trees and ground cover within a maximum of 10 feet of the perimeter of a single-family or duplex dwelling structure construction line, and any area proposed to be cleared for related driveway and utility purposes. The Director of Community Development may require minor modifications;and
- Removal of obstructions required for vision clearance at intersections.
Application for Landclearing Permit Exemption
To apply for a Landclearing Permit Exemption, properties owners must submit a completed Landclearing Permit Exemption form, including a drawing of their property indicating all tree(s) to be removed, to the City of Lacey Community Development Department.
There is no charge to obtain a Landclearing Permit Exemption. If a property owner wishes to remove more than five trees within three years because they believe them to be diseased or hazardous, a "Request for Review" by the City Arborist needs to be submitted. The City Arborist is a recognized expert in tree preservation and management with whom the City has contracted in the interest of achieving professional assistance and consistency in tree protection decisions.
For explanation of payment of forester services, see Table 14T-66.
If you hire a contractor to remove the
trees(s), the City requires that they have a City of Lacey Business
License. The City also recommends, for your protection, that the
contractor be licensed and bonded. Any contractor who is removing a tree
within the City must also sign and submit an agreement that they have
read and understand the City of Lacey’s Tree Protection Regulations.
Call the Community and Economic Development Department at (360) 491-5642, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit us at Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE.