Planting trees in the city's public right-of-way adjacent to your
property will beautify your neighborhood, add to Puyallup's tree-lined
character, intercept storm water, and improve your property value. The
public tree right-of-way is typically located between the sidewalk and
curb; a free permit is required to plant trees in this area.
Street Tree Permitting
If you wish to plant the tree(s) yourself, or hire a local landscape professional to do so, you must first obtain a free-of-charge permit for planting from our office to ensure compliance with city ordinance regarding tree species and specific planting locations.
Permits are free of charge and should be obtained at least one week prior to planting. The cost of the tree, installation, and maintenance is your expense. You are required, by state law, to call 811 a minimum of three (3) days (or 72 hours) in advance of digging to locate all underground utilities near the tree planting. All trees shall be placed a minimum of 5' from underground lines and utilities.
Long Term Care
By agreeing to have a tree(s) planted on the public right-of-way adjacent to your property, you are also agreeing to provide the necessary day to day and long-term care of the tree. Such care includes regular watering, pest control, mulching and pruning by a tree service who employs certified arborist(s) to perform such work. Tree-lined streets contribute to your property and to the quality of life in Puyallup in many positive ways. Your assistance in planting and maintaining city-owned trees is very much appreciated! If you have any questions or need further assistance, contact our office at 253-864-4165.