A. Any person desiring to remove any tree on a public right-of-way, including undeveloped and/or unopened public rights-of-way not currently used for pedestrian or vehicular traffic, shall make application in writing to the director for a permit to do so. A permit may be issued only when:
1. The tree constitutes a fire, safety and/or health hazard as defined in this chapter; and
2. Trees in public rights-of-way may only be removed by an individual licensed and bonded by the state of Washington to do that type of work.
B. The provisions of this chapter do not preclude the city from removing or maintaining any vegetation, including trees, in public rights-of-way if it deems it appropriate to do so and no such action will create an obligation on the city to maintain such vegetation.