Forest Practices & Tree Removal

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Class IV - General Forest Practices Application (Type A)

A Class IV-General forest practices (logging permit) may be required to cut down trees on your property in association with clearing and development activities. A separate application and review fee is required for each parcel.

A Class IV-General Forest Practices permit application must be associated with a “parent” development permit application, such as a Site Development permit, building permit, or Use permit application, for proposed logging on parcels in the Rural areas of the county, outside Urban Growth Areas (UGA) and County Urban Growth Areas (CUGA). The required “parent” permit application must be submitted prior to, or at the same time as, the Class IV-General forest practices permit application. The Class IV-General forest practices permit application cannot be approved until a Site Development permit application addressing the proposed associated clearing and subsequent development has been issued.

Type A review is required when the proposed development/project has not, and is not currently undergoing State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review.

Type B review is required when the proposed development or project, including the proposed logging, is currently undergoing SEPA review, or has already had a SEPA determination issued.
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Class IV - General Forest Practices Application (Type B)

A Class IV-General forest practices (logging) permit may be required to cut down trees (merchantable timber) on your property in association with clearing and development activities.

Type B review is required when the proposed development/project, including the proposed logging, is currently undergoing environmental (SEPA) review, or has already undergone environmental review and a DNS or MDNS has been issued.
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Conversion Option Harvest Plan (COHP)

A Conversion Option Harvest Plan - (COHP) is a timber harvest plan developed by the landowner indicating the limits of timber harvest, road constructions, and critical areas. Compliance with an approved COHP releases the property from the otherwise mandatory six-year development moratorium, associated with a Class II or Class III forest practices permit issued by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The COHP must first be submitted to Pierce County for review and approval before submitting an application to the DNR for a Class II or Class III forest practices permit.

The COHP must comply with Pierce County Code Title 18E, Critical Areas and Title 17A, Site Development and Storm Drainage.
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Hazard, Dangerous, Diseased Tree Removal

This application may be required when the trees of concern are in a designated Open Space Area, Natural Buffer Area, a screening buffer, or a Tree Conservation area.
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