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Most trees require a permit for removing. Larger tress may even have strict restricts or large fees. To better understand your tree, go to the Urban Forestry’s website for information on tree removal or trimming.

Yes, please do! Portland is working hard to expand its urban forest, given the many benefits trees provide. The City even offers free or subsidized trees through a number of programs and non-profits. 

Trees contribute to bio diversity, reduce the need for stormwater infrastructure, clean air, can help slow traffic, reduce the heat island effect and create beautiful places to be in. It’s no surprise the city would encourage planting of trees. Go to the Urban Forestry’s website for information about tree planting.

Friends of Trees is an amazing local organization that offers heavily discounted trees and even plants them for neighbors! Learn more on their website here

The best way to prevent the demolition of a beloved home in your neighborhood, is to know and make your neighbor(s) aware that you (or someone you know) is interested in buying the property if they ever wanted to sell. People sell their homes for a variety of reasons, as is their right. However, knowing your neighbors and stopping a sell to someone who plans to demolish it is the best first defense to saving old homes. You may become aware of a pending demolition by a mailed notice, word or mouth, or by going onto and viewing demolition permits in the “gallery” section. Neighbors can work to stop a demolition once a permit has been issued by appealing it. The appeal process costs money and requires you to state reasons for saving the home. Ultimately, you will need to purchase the home from the current owner and market rate. This is possible, and has happened, but it’s a challenge.  

The best way to stay in tune on specific projects or topics of interest is by signing up for each projects “listserv”. This can be done by searching the project and adding your name to the list on the project page.

A monthly snapshot of land use planning work going on in your neighborhood is updated monthly and available on the BPS News site here. 

Land Use & Transportation Development Resources

Portland Maps: View maps from the City of Portland with zoning, permit, and demographic information about crime, schools, parks, properties, transportation, the environment and more. 

Portland Map App: Future plans and policy that impact land use. Projects are typically under review and public can make comments through this site during open comment period.

Next Portland: Writes about large projects and major alterations happening in Portland that are in the design phase or under construction. 

Other Resources: Explore the other resources . Learn about other Bureaus xxx 

We are here to help

Questions, concerns related to land use decision, Bureau meetings, notices, planning efforts, demolitions? Contact the Neighborhood Planning Program Manager: Leah Fisher, (503) 232-0010 ext. 313.