How many trees can I remove?

If you wish to remove one or more significant trees from your property, you should fill out the Tree Removal and Replacement Permit Application Form and turn it in to the Planning Department at Lake Forest Park City Hall. Significant trees are defined as any tree that has diameter** of six inches or greater. Exemptions: Dead Trees: If the tree is completely dead, you can remove it without a permit, but first please send photos of the tree to to confirm the dead tree meets the definition of dead. If the tree is in an environmentally critical area, the stump must remain in the ground, and the City recommends leaving the bottom 12-18 feet of the tree for wildlife habitat. Trees under 6" in diameter** can be removed without a permit. as long as they are not in an environmentally critical area or tree conservation easement, and as along as they were not replacement trees for a previous permit. Read the full ordinance in the Lake Forest Park Municipal Code. *Contact the Planning Department to find out if the tree is in an environmentally critical area. **Diameter measured at 4.5 ft above grade.

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1. What do I do with a dangerous tree on my property? I'm afraid it's going to fall over on my house.
2. Why must I get a permit if I just want to get rid of a tree in my own yard?
3. How many trees can I remove?
4. What can I do about a neighbor's tree? Its leaves are falling on to my property; in fact, the whole tree is about to fall on to my property.
5. What about trees in the right of way? Are those the responsibility of the city?
6. How do I determine what kind of trees to replant?