You need a tree permit if you want to remove or prune any tree that is protected, which includes:
- 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
You also need a tree permit if you want to remove any tree on private land that is not protected, but has a diameter of 75cm (30") or more when measured 1.3 m (4.3') above the ground.
How do I apply
The application process varies depending on what you want to do to the tree, and whether it's on private or public (District) property.
For trees on private property
These are the documents you'll need to get a permit to prune or remove trees on private property.
|Desired action||Required documentation|
Prune a large diameter or protected tree
A tree permit and an arborist report
Remove a hazardous protected tree
A tree permit and an arborist report
Remove a protected tree
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of the required documents
Remove a large diameter tree
A tree permit
You must apply for your permit before the work begins. For your convenience, please submit your application by email.
- Complete the tree permit application form
- Email the completed form, and any other required documents, to email@example.com
If you do not wish to apply by email, you can drop off your application at the District Hall for processing.
For trees on public (District) property
For any tree on public property that is overgrown, damaged, diseased, or is a safety concern, start by reporting it online.
Depending on the situation, a District arborist may complete the work, or we may consider issuing a permit so that you can have the work completed yourself. If we issue a permit, you are required to use one of our approved contractors.
If the permit requires you to replant the tree (s), you need to complete the requirements and book a tree replanting inspection with us once you're ready.
To book a tree replanting inspection on District property, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
What happens after I apply
We will process your application, and email you a link to pay the application fee by credit card. Once we receive your payment, we will send you your permit.
Replant the trees (if required)
Your tree permit will indicate if you are required to replant the trees and provide the specific replanting requirements based on your application review. You must complete the requirements and book a tree replanting inspection with us once ready.
To book a tree replanting inspection on private property, email email@example.com with your request, and include the following items if possible:
- Photographs of the replanted tree(s)
- A site plan drawing showing where the trees are placed on your property
We don't need to conduct an in-person inspection if you can provide the photographs.
Complete tree permit requirements and costs
- Download complete requirements for permits and arborist reports
- See the fees and charges bylaw for specific tree permit fees
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
Report problems with trees on District property
See a tree on District property that is overgrown, damaged, or at risk of causing damage or injury? You can report it online now.