Tree Regulations Updates

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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 large, healthy trees and making sure the trees are replaced when they must be removed. 

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.


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Get Involved

We want to hear from you! There are several ways you can get involved and have your voice heard:

 Keep in Touch

Email 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.  

 Mark Your Calendar

Learn more and provide feedback at upcoming events.

 Provide Comments to the Planning Commission

The Planning Commission will discuss the draft tree regulations in fall 2022.

Updated June 15, 2022


Provide feedback on tree protection and regulation on private property by taking our survey!



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Upcoming Events

Burien Farmers Market

 Thursday, July 7, 2022, noon-4 p.m.

 Learn more about tree regulations at our booth at the Burien Farmers Market! 

Project Contact

Joshua Petter

Urban Forest Planner

 [email protected]