Tree Permits

Effective from January 01, 2024, all Tree Permit applications will be exclusively conducted through our E-Apply platform. This transition will bring a host of new features, improved functionality, and enhanced security measures to ensure a seamless and efficient experience for all users.

Below is the summary of everything you’ll need to know before applying for a tree permit.

The most recent version of the Tree Protection and Regulation Bylaw No. 7799, 2016 can be found here. We encourage you to carefully read and familiarize yourself with the Tree Bylaw prior to starting a large project or making a removal application. 

  • The time of year has come for potential extreme fall and winter weather events. It is important to remember that it is normal for trees to sway in a windstorm. While it can be unnerving to watch, the swaying means the trees internal structure is healthy and doing its job to provide strength and flexibility to the tree. It is also normal for many tree species to shed branches or limbs in a storm. Anything wrist size or smaller is considered within normal range. These branches can still cause minor property damage or personal injury so please be cautious when out in extreme weather.

    If there are trees on your property that are causing concern during stormy weather it is a good idea to hire an ISA certified and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified Arborist to conduct a tree risk assessment. If the arborist determines the tree has a high risk of failure then the report should be submitted to the Tree Bylaw Division with a hazard tree removal application.

    Below are the steps to follow should you have a protected tree on private property that falls, or is in imminent danger of falling, during a wind or snow storm.

    A protected tree is any of the following:

    • a tree or shrub of any size located on City-owned or occupied land;
    • a tree of any species with a DBH of 20 centimetres or greater;
    • a tree with evidence of nesting by a bird, as “bird” is defined in the Wildlife Act, RSBC 1996, c 488;

    Section 5.6 of the Tree Bylaw states:

    "In the event that a protected tree is in imminent danger of falling and injuring persons or property due to natural causes, and it is not possible to obtain a permit prior to the tree falling, the owner may cut the tree or have it cut, but shall report the cutting of the tree to the Director within the next business day along with a photograph of the tree prior to such cutting. The owner shall not remove the tree from the lot until the City has attended at the site and has confirmed that the tree was in imminent danger of falling and injuring persons or property. Trees that are cut pursuant to this section must be replaced in accordance with subsections 7.2 and 7.4, security for which must be provided in accordance with the security requirements for replacement trees set out in section 9.0. If the City determines that the tree was not in imminent danger of falling, or was in imminent danger of falling due to reasons other than natural causes, the owner may be subject to the offences and penalties in section 11.0."

    Steps to take:

    1. Take photos and video of the tree failure and send them to . You can also call 604-636-4318. Please make sure you put your address in the subject line and include your name and phone number.
    2. You may have the tree cut down without a permit, however you must notify the Tree Bylaw Division within one business day.
    3. Leave all tree parts on the property until City Arborist can do an inspection to determine the tree was in imminent danger of falling.
    4. The tree bylaw staff will follow up with you on how to apply for a tree removal permit/replacement tree plan.
    5. If you own the house and live on that property then you would qualify for the Resident Applicant fee structure for hazard trees.
    6. If a protected tree on city property is in imminent danger of falling, has fallen or had a branch failure please call 604-527-4567 or email photos and location of tree to
    • To read all the changes to the Tree Bylaw please read the amended Tree Bylaw No. 7099
    • The Tree Bylaw review process brought to light the need for two separate applicant streams. We needed to create a less financially taxing way for single family homeowners who are undertaking minor improvements to their homes or removing a hazardous tree. The Resident Applicant category is the result of those discussions.

      Resident Applicant: means a person who is both an owner and a resident of the lot who applies for a permit under the tree bylaw to cut or remove one or more trees on the lot for the purpose of:

      • Removing a hazardous tree
      • Constructing an addition or alteration to and existing dwelling; or
      • Constructing an accessory building that is NOT a dwelling

       

      Resident Applicant Fees & Securities:

      • There is no longer an application fee or permit fee for the removal of a hazardous tree
      • Replacement tree securities have been reduced and now have a maximum limit
      • 40% of replacement tree securities will be refunded once the trees have been planted and the remaining 60% returned at the end of the one year maintenance period.

       

      Application Requirements:

      • Arborist report requirement may be waived if the lot contains three or fewer protected trees with zero specimen trees (DBH >60cm) and the proposed work on the lot is considered not to be complex with minimal impact to trees.
      • Tree protection barrier reports may be waived if:
        • The Resident Applicant requests that the City Arborist conduct a tree protection barrier inspection and agrees to the associated fees
        • Costs: $75 for the initial barrier inspection and $10 for each additional barrier
        • $75 for re-inspections if the barriers fail the initial inspection

  • 604-636-4318

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