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You need a tree permit if you want to remove any tree that is protected. Examples of protected trees include those that are:
- on land owned by or in the possession of the District (including parks, boulevards, roads, lane allowances)
- within a streamside protection area
- on terrain with a slope greater than 30%
- a replacement tree
- a heritage tree (as listed in Schedule A of the Tree Protection Bylaw)
- a wildlife tree
- located on waterfront or wetland
- one of these species: Arbutus, Garry Oak, Oregon Ash, Pacific Yew, Western White Pine, Yellow-cedar
If the tree is on private land — and it does not meet any of these definitions for protected trees — you will still need a permit if it is 75cm (30”) in diameter or greater when measured 1.3 metres (4.3') above ground level.
The application process is different, depending on where the tree is located.
Is the tree on your property?
- If you want to prune a large diameter tree or remove a protected tree on your property, get an arborist report from an independent arborist
- If you want to prune or remove a large diameter tree on your property, complete the tree permit application form outlining the species, size, and location of the tree
Submit the arborist report or your application form in person at District Hall, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is the tree on District property?
Fill in our service request form, being sure to note the reason for the request.
How much does it cost?
Get more information
- Download the tree permit FAQ
- Download the tree measurement guide
- Learn how to find a qualified arborist
- Review our replanting criteria
- Review the tree protection bylaw
How to apply
You must apply for your permit before the work begins. For your convenience, you can apply for tree permits by email.
- Complete the tree permit application form
- Email the completed form, and any other required documents (listed below), to email@example.com
- We will process your application, and then email you a link to pay the application fee by credit card
- Once we receive your payment, we will send you your permit
If you do not wish to apply by email, you can drop off your application in person at the District Hall building department counter