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Tree Regulations and Information

Tree PictureCity of Lynnwood residents have expressed much concern over the loss of trees in Lynnwood. Trees serve important functions in our urban and natural environment, and our community felt it was necessary to preserve existing trees for future generations, as well as to provide a way for new trees to be planted when trees are removed.

In order to address the concerns of the citizens, the City of Lynnwood updated its tree regulations in March of 2004, which included tree regulations to designate and protect Heritage trees and a tree fund that would allow citizens to receive grants and tree vouchers with which to purchase and plant trees. Additionally, we now require removal permits prior to tree removal on all property, including single-family lots.

City of Lynnwood Tree Ordinance: Chapter 17.15 (most recent .pdf)

City of Lynnwood is a “Tree City” according to the Washington Arbor Day Council

Tree Removal

Always contact the City prior to removing a tree. Depending on the situation, you may need a permit, but the permit may be no-cost. Contact the Public Works Department for further information.

Tree Preservation and PlantingHeritageTree

Heritage Trees:
A Heritage Tree is any tree that because of its age, size, unique type, or historical association is of special importance. Contact the City of Lynnwood Public Works Department to obtain an application. After the City receives a completed application, the Parks and Recreation Board will hold a Public Hearing to vote on the designation.

Tree Grants and Vouchers:
The City of Lynnwood offers an exciting opportunity for residents of Lynnwood. Every year, people who live within the city of Lynnwood boundaries can apply for tree vouchers through Lynnwood Public Works. These tree vouchers enable the holder to purchase trees and soil amendments free of cost from local participating Washington State Nursery and Landscaping Association (WSNLA) affiliated nurseries for use on their property. In order to obtain a tree voucher, follow the instructions below.

Applicant Responsibilities:

  1. Pick up voucher application and instruction form from City Hall or download a .pdf of it here online.
  2. Go to a participating nursery (locally, Wight’s).  Pick which kind of trees to plant, taking note of the common and scientific names of each species, and unit price.  Feel free to talk to nursery employees for tree and soil amendment recommendations.
  3. Vouchers can only be used to purchase trees and necessary amendments!  Plants, shrubs, bushes, and flowers are exempt from this program.  Vouchers cannot pay for delivery.
  4. Complete and sign the tree voucher application form.  Submit voucher forms to the Lynnwood Public Works Department.

After the completed tree voucher application has been submitted to the Lynnwood Public Works, it will be reviewed by Public Works staff. If your tree voucher application is approved, then you will receive a certified tree voucher which must be used within one year of issuance. If not used within one-year, the tree voucher will become void and you must reapply for another voucher. Each single-family household can apply for this program once per year, and can reapply for a new voucher each year. Contact Derek Fada at 425-670-5242 or dfada@lynnwoodwa.gov for more information.


Arbor Day Tree Benefits

Trees are Good

Tree Preservation Guidelines (.pdf)

Tree Voucher Form (.pdf)