Tree Regulations Updates

The City of Burien is considering zoning code changes to help protect trees on private properties.

The current code regulates tree removal and requires replanting when it is necessary to remove unhealthy trees. However, our tree protections in the zoning code could do more to prioritize retention of large, healthy trees and increase canopy cover throughout the city.

Code changes are being studied to see how the City can protect and preserve mature trees, and to make sure the right species of trees are planted.

The protection of trees on private properties in Burien is important for many reasons. Studies show that trees help clean air, reduce the effects of global climate change, reduce stress, increase economic activity, increase property values, and make our community more attractive. 

Get Involved

  • Your feedback is needed. Staff is talking to people to understand our community’s concerns and questions regarding trees. You are encouraged to offer your opinions about tree protection and regulation on private property by emailing staff at [email protected].
  • Keep in touch. Email to tell us to add your name and contact information so you can be added to our mailing list, and we’ll let you know when public meetings take place.
  • Report illegal tree removal. Tell us if you think a tree is being removed illegally by reporting potential problems.
  • Watch recording of public tree forum. A public meeting via Zoom was held on February 16, 2021. Watch the recording.  
  • Provide comments to the Planning Commission and City Council. Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on proposed zoning code changes as the Planning Commission and City Council consider policy options in June and July of 2021.
  • Planning Commission held a public hearing on October 13, 2021. Watch the recording.
  • Provide comments to the City Council. The City Council will discuss the draft tree regulations in fall 2022.Find information about upcoming City Council meetings.

For questions about the draft tree regulations please contact us at [email protected].

Updated April 11, 2022