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20.40.090 Removal of Trees.

A. Diseased trees. When any tree located on a street or on private property is diseased or infested with insects or is, in the opinion of the Forester, infectious and may spread such disease or insects to other trees in the City, the Forester may summarily abate or remove or treat the tree or cause same to be removed or treated at the property owner’s expense.

B. Regulations regarding root interference with sewers and damage to curbs and sidewalks are set forth in Title 17, Public Improvements, of the Code of the City of Portland.

C. The Forester may abate or remove or cause to be abated or removed any tree located in the street area or which encroaches from private property into the street area because of age, disease or other debilitating cause, death, insecure root system or any other condition which, in the opinion of the Forester, causes its continued existence to be detrimental to the public interest. The Forester may require that the removed tree be replaced with a new tree at the expense of the property owner.

D. It shall be unlawful for any person, without a prior written permit from the Forester, to remove, destroy, cut, break, or injure any tree, or to remove, except as provided in this Chapter, any tree that is planted or growing in or upon any street, park or public area or cause or authorize or procure any person to do so; or injure, misuse or remove any device set for the protection of any tree in or upon any street.

E. The approval of a tree removal by the Forester may be conditioned on replacement with a new tree of approved variety if the Forester finds the replacement necessary to maintain an ornamental tree system on the street, block or portion thereof.

If approval by the Forester is so conditioned the tree removal permit shall contain such condition. Cost of replacement is the responsibility of the property owner. If the tree is not replaced in a timely manner, the Forester may plant or cause to be planted the approved tree or trees and assess the costs to the permittee and/or the property owner responsible for maintaining the tree under Section 20.40.080 of the Code of the City of Portland.