Replacement Trees

Hazard tree removal permits have a 1:1 replacement tree requirement (hedges are 1 tree per every 4m of hedge). See our updated replacement tree list. Replacement trees must be planted 6 months after permit has been issued. 

Private Property Tree Planting

Planting trees on private property is an important contribution to our urban forest which provides us all with a number of economic, social, and environmental benefits for now, and for the future. The most effective way to grow a healthy urban forest is to plant the right tree in the right place.

All replacement tree locations and species shall be approved by a City Arborist before planting.

Size and Species

All replacements shall meet the following the criteria:

  • Be at least 3cm caliper; 5-6cm is optimal. Caliper is the diameter of a tree measured 15cm from the top of the root ball
  • Reach a minimum height of 5m (20ft) at maturity – approximately 25 years of age
  • No weeping, dwarf, hedge, or palm species or varieties
  • No fruit-bearing species such as apple, pear, plum, cherry, and peach


*We are currently not accepting Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) as an approved replacement tree as this species currently makes up 40% of new trees planted on private property

Trees can be selected off of our Replacement tree list - if there is a tree you are wanting to plant that is not on our list please call or email us to confirm.

Tree Bylaw: 604-636-4318 or

Spacing and Planting Requirements

Replacement trees shall be planted on the site where trees are removed, and be located at least:

  • 1m from all property lines, retaining walls, and underground utilities
  • 2m from overhead utility lines and power poles
  • 2m from hardscaped and impermeable surfaces (unless root barrier installed)
  • 3m from any other tree, principle dwelling, or detached secondary dwelling


Please refer to the ‘Trees Are Good’ pamphlet here for additional details on proper planting techniques, timing, and tips.


  • Tree Bylaw and Regulation Department