Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down danger/hazard trees?
A forest practices permit is not required for the removal of danger/hazard trees. However, written authorization may be required by Pierce County depending on the location of the danger/hazard tree. In general, the removal of danger/hazard trees in a Critical Area (wetland, fish and wildlife habitat area, landslide/erosion hazard area) will require Pierce County review and approval. The removal of danger/hazard trees from within an Open Space area or Natural Buffer area in a residential or commercial development will also require Pierce County review and approval. The removal of “Danger/Hazard Trees” within a “tree length and-a-half” of a permanent structure must comply with Pierce County Code, Title 18E, Critical Areas, when the activity occurs in an area regulated by Title 18E, Critical Areas. A Habitat Assessment and/or a Hazard Tree Removal Report may be required by Title 18E for the proposed activity. Please contact 253-798-7005 for information. The removal of “Danger/Hazard Trees” within “Open Space Areas” or “Natural Buffer Areas” in residential or commercial developments is subject to the conditions of approval established for that development, if any, and Pierce County Code, Subsection 18H.20.040 of Title 18H.)

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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?