The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) recently updated several of our Tips related to the Tree Protection Code (SMC 25.11) to provide additional clarification on our current tree regulations. In particular, SDCI substantially updated Tip 242A, Tree Requirements Associated with Development, to include information related to the basic tree protection area and the allowance to remove Tier 2 trees in certain instances. Tips are one tool the department uses to explain complex codes to the public and help customers understand the regulations. Tips also give guidance on how applicants should show compliance with codes in a permit application.
Given the interest from the development community in the basic tree protection area, which is a new concept in the updated code, we invite you to read through Tip 242A and offer any comments to help us provide you with useful information that is easy to understand and follow. While we always accept feedback on our public information, and will continue to do so, to help support customers with current or planned projects, we encourage you to submit your comments to SDCI-Trees@seattle.gov by January 5, 2024.