The Importance of Hiring a Registered Tree Service Provider

Tree care companies must be on the city registry in order to legally complete most tree work in Seattle. Learn what it is and why it's so important.

One of the biggest changes from Seattle Municipal Code Ordinance 126554 was the creation and implementation of a tree service provider registry. This registry, run by the Seattle Department Of Construction And Inspection (SDCI), is a quality control measure put in place by the City of Seattle to help preserve our urban canopy coverage.

Tree care companies must be on this city registry in order to legally complete most tree work in Seattle. Companies must apply to be on the registry and there are certain prerequisites, ranging from basic best-business practices to industry-specific standards for work.

To be a registered tree service provider with the SDCI, a company must:

  1. Have a current Seattle Business License
  2. Have at least one ISA Certified Arborist on staff or retainer
  3. Conduct work within ANSI-300 standards
  4. Have a Washington State L&I General Contractor’s number
  5. Have a Certificate of Insurance of at least $1,000,000 in Commercial General Liability
  6. Not have any outstanding fines or penalties with the City

The status on the registry must be applied for annually otherwise it expires.

Seattle Tree Care is proud to have been one of the first companies to be on the SDCI Tree Service Provider Registry. We meet – and have met for the past decade – all the requirements that the Tree Service Provider Registry includes:

  1. We’ve had a valid Seattle Business License since 2007
  2. We currently have twelve ISA Certified Arborists on staff
  3. We teach our staff ANSI-A300 standards and facilitate trainings on other best-industry practices
  4. We have a Washington State L&I Contractors License number
  5. We have a Certificate of Insurance for $2,000,000 in Commercial General Liability
  6. We don’t have any fines or outstanding penalties with the City of Seattle

By trying to ensure that only qualified Arborists are taking part in the care of our urban canopy, the City of Seattle hopes to help our Emerald City stay green and reach our goals of increased canopy coverage by 2037. We are proud to be a part of the efforts to steward our urban canopy and are honored to help foster the next generation of caring, thoughtful, and qualified Arborists in our region.

Kelsey Gruenwoldt

Kelsey is the owner and CEO of Seattle Tree Care, a Certified Arborist, and founder of the Seattle Arborist Association. As a fourth-generation Seattle native, she has a great appreciation for this beautiful region and is dedicated to making sure our area's trees receive the best care possible. + Learn more about Kelsey

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