Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down trees in order to clear my parcel for my future home?
An approved Class IV-General forest practices permit may be required for the removal of merchantable timber associated with site preparation work for the future construction of a single family residence. Please review Forest Practice and Construction to assist you. There are no special exemptions from either the State Forest Practices Rules or Title 18H for these activities.

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1. What is a Forest Practice?
2. What is Forest Land?
3. What is a Merchantable Stand of Timber?
4. Who regulates Forest Practices in Pierce County?
5. How do I determine if I need a Forest Practices permit to harvest my timber?
6. What is a Class IV-General forest practice?
7. How much does a Class IV-General forest practices permit cost?
8. What is a Development Moratorium?
9. Why is a Development Moratorium imposed on a parcel?
10. What is a “Notice of Moratorium on Non Forestry Use of Land”?
11. Can I develop my parcel when there is a 6-Year Development Moratorium on it?
12. Where can I look to see if a parcel has a 6-Year Development Moratorium?
13. Can a Development Moratorium be removed?
14. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down trees in order to install a septic system and/or well?
15. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down trees in order to clear my parcel for my future home?
16. What is a Conversion Option Harvest Plan (COHP)?
17. Do I have to pay any taxes on the timber I harvest?
18. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down danger/hazard trees?
19. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down a “few” trees?
20. How can I find or look at Forest Practices application being reviewed by the State?