Is a Tree Protection Plan always required when building near a Protected Tree?

For Protected trees, protection measures are required when construction activities are proposed within 10 times their trunk size (Tree Protection Zone). Construction activities as indicated in SMMC 13.40.030#(g) include all related activities which may or may not be shown on site plans, this includes storing or staging of materials, site access, parking, placement of temporary structures, debris disposal, additional excavation, landscaping, etc.
For trees not considered protected, protection measures are recommended and highly encouraged. When trees are retained on a construction site without necessary protection, the likelihood of their long-term survival is often very low.

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1. What is an Existing Tree/Major Vegetation?
2. Is the Tree Protection Plan the only requirement for development regarding Protected Trees?
3. Why trees should be protected?
4. Can the City Arborist provide recommendations for development projects?
5. What is an ISA Certified Arborist?
6. What is a Project Arborist?
7. Is a Tree Protection Plan always required when building near a Protected Tree?
8. What happens if a Protected Tree is damaged?
9. How do I calculate the Tree Protection Zone?
10. When is an Arborist Report required?
11. Is the Arborist Report and TPP the same thing?
12. What is the format of an Arborist Report?
13. Is a permit required to remove Protected Trees?
14. Where can I apply for a tree removal permit?
15. Where can I get answers to additional questions?