1) To apply for a tree removal permit, please visit the Planning Department at City Hall (Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm). See each permits requirements before applying to ensure you have all documents. Only complete applications will be accepted for review.
Tree removal applications have a $75 application fee. Protection and No Tree Permits do not.
2) The application is submitted for review. Applications are reviewed based on application date not scope or value of project. The time it takes to review then approve a tree permit varies greatly. It can depend on time of year, complexity of current projects and complexity of your project as well as staffing levels.
3) City Arborist conducts site visits to confirm all information supplied in the application. They will be in contact with applicant if they have any further questions or need supporting documents.
4) Application approved or rejected
5) Removal approval:
a) Replacement plan must be in place
b) Authorized Agent or Homeowner must come to City Hall to pay fees and securities as well as sign permit and conditions
c) Replacement trees must be planted within 6 months of permit issuance. If project is a new home, final occupancy permit will not be issued until replacement trees are planted and approved.
d) No less than 1 replacement tree shall be planted on the same lot as the trees that are cut or removed. If the lot cannot accommodate some or all of the required replacement trees, the city will accept cash-in-lieu of payment.
e) Project Arborist must approved replacement tree plants and submit a memo/report including photos, location, and species to
f) Replacement tree securities are refunded after the replacement trees have been maintained for one year.
6) Protection Approval:
a) Project Arborist must approve tree protection barriers then submit at corresponding memo/report to
b) Authorized Agent or Homeowner must come to City Hall to pay and sign permit and conditions.
c) Tree Protection Barriers must remain in place in accordance with bylaw until City Arborist gives final approval. Only after this may the fences come down.
d) If work needs to be done inside the tree protection barrier Project Arborist must be on site to supervise work.
e) Project Arborist to inspect any retained trees once the project is complete then submit a memo/report to
f) Retained tree securities are refunded after the owner has received the final building permit.
7) No Tree Applications:
a) City Arborist to review application
b) Sometimes a site visit is required
c) Once no impact of trees has been determined you will be notified via email or phone to come to City Hall to pick up and sign permit.
For more information about the Tree Protection and Regulation Bylaw or if you would like to report an illegal tree removal in progress, please email or call 604-636-4318.