Tree removal Mercer Island
Eastside Tree Works does more than just remove trees. We also provide all types of pruning and trimming services as well as tree assessments and hazard tree evaluations by certified arborists for homes and businesses on Mercer Island, Washington.
What you need to know about removal
Mercer Island City Council passed new Residential Development Standards in September of 2017 which included a re-writing of the Tree Code. The City now requires a tree removal permit for the removal of any tree over 10 inches in diameter. In most cases, the permits are free and available at the Permit Center.
- Permit required to remove any tree unless specifically exempted.
- Hazardous tree may be removed before permit application if the tree poses a threat.
- Exempt from permit if tree is smaller than 10 inches and not an exceptional tree or a previously required replacement tree.
- Normal pruning and maintenance requires no permit
Tree removal associated with development has different requirements so if you are planning construction of a house or commercial building, we can help you navigate the new tree code.
Please think twice before removing trees as they are a valuable resource to the Mercer Island community. They slow erosion, increase property values, provide wildlife habitat, clean our air and reduce wind and noise.
What is a critical tree area?
- Geologic hazard area prone to erosion, sliding, earthquake or geological event (see City geologic hazard map)
- Protected slope area or watercourse corridor (see City watercourse maps)
- Wetland or any area within 25 ft. of the wetlands edge
- Areas which restricts removal of vegetation or trees, such as a Native Growth Protective Easement (NGPE)