The City Council passed Council Bill 120207 requiring 1) tree service providers to register with the City of Seattle before conducting commercial tree work and consultations on private property and 2) property owners to post a public notice on-site before any tree work beyond routine maintenance. The tree service provider registry will be accessible to the public so that owners, residents, and neighbors can be assured a registered company knowledgeable with tree regulations and best practices is completing work in their neighborhood.
SDCI, in consultation with the Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE), has prepared draft tree protection updates to amend Title 23 (Land Use Code) and Title 25 (Tree Protection Code). We are also proposing two draft Director’s Rules. These updates respond to direction from the City Council to explore the strategies from Resolution 31902 adopted September 16, 2019 to increase tree protection to be consistent with the goals and policies of the 2015-2035 Comprehensive Plan and the 2020 Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP).
Have you had a subcontractor move tree protection fencing and accidentally damage a tree? Did it cost you time and money in the form of delays, extra inspections, project revisions or fines? Good news: the required fencing will help keep tree protection in place so that you avoid damage to trees during construction.
Seattle DCI will require that tree protection notice signs be posted for all trees requiring protection on construction sites. This requirement will be effective on January 1, 2017.
The Tree Protection Area sign is a part of Seattle DCI’s continuing effort to ensure that contractors and construction workers understand and comply with our requirements for tree protection as part of the approved building permit. The tree protection area is typically defined by the drip line or extent of tree canopy.