Removing a Dangerous Tree Over Lake Union in Seattle

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Seattle Tree Removal Service

Tree People is an SDCI Registered Tree Service Provider LIC-TSP-18582. This means we are recognized by City of Seattle to have demonstrated compliance with all relevant city codes, regulations, and best practices for the care, maintenance, and removal of trees. We value protecting our urban canopy and the humans that live below it. We specialize in hazardous tree removal and are experts in permitting with the City of Seattle. As an SDCI Registered Tree Service Provider, Tree People is able to file your removal permit and remove your tree. We are fully insured, licensed, and bonded; check us out at verify a contractor.

How Much Does Tree Removal Cost in Seattle

The cost to remove a Seattle tree varies based on the size and location of the tree your wish to remove. For a detailed tree removal quote one of our certified ISA arborists will take a look at your tree free of charge and make a recommendation. We email our estimates and take pride in sticking to our price. If your tree requires a permit, Tree People Tree Care will file your application with the City of Seattle for you.

Removing a Dangerous Tree Over Lake Union in Seattle
Removing a Dangerous Tree Over Lake Union in Seattle

Tree Removal Process


  1. Inspection & Estimate. One of Tree People’s certified arborists will inspect your tree and create a detailed estimate of the cost for each line item of work.
  2. Application. If a permit is required, we file an application with the City of Seattle. 
  3. Removal. Our team of arborists will remove the tree. 
  4. Clean. Unless you want to keep the firewood and/or woodchips, we haul away all debris.
  5. Stump Grinding. We will remove the stump if you choose, it is an additional service and may be done on a separate day.
  6. Tree Planting. If you choose to replant we will help you source an appropriate replacement, deliver, and plant your new tree.

Seattle Tree Removal FAQs

Can I remove a city tree?

“You will need a permit if your proposed work involves removing and replacing a tree. If your proposed work involves major pruning, which includes pruning branches or roots that are larger than 2 inches or which comprise more than 15% of foliage-bearing area, a permit is required.” –

What is tree ordinance?

“A tree ordinance is a tool to help protect and manage a community’s trees. It can be designed to regulate various aspects of tree planting, removal, and maintenance on public and private property within a municipality.” –

What is an exceptional tree?

The City of Seattle’s tree protection ordinance specifically defines an exceptional tree as: “A tree that: 1) Is designated by the city as a heritage tree; or 2) Is rare or exceptional by virtue of its size, species, condition, cultural/historic importance, age, and/or contribution as part of a grove of trees.”

Size, in particular, plays a significant role in defining an exceptional tree. Different species have different size requirements to be considered exceptional. This is typically measured by the tree’s diameter at breast height (DBH). The intent of designating trees as exceptional is to provide them with additional protections due to their ecological importance, their contributions to Seattle’s urban forest, and the benefits they provide such as carbon sequestration, stormwater retention, habitat, and aesthetic value.

Seattle Urban Forestry Commision