Vancouver Tree Bylaws
Protection of Trees Bylaw 9958
This bylaw affects all private property owners in Vancouver wanting to remove a tree.
The tree permit must be posted in a visible location during tree removal.
Tree removal conditions
NEW! On April 15, 2014, City Council amended the Protection of Trees Bylaw to maintain a healthy urban forest. Removed from the bylaw is the ability for an owner or builder to remove one healthy tree per year.
Property owners may be granted permission to remove trees, if one or more of the following conditions apply:
The tree on a development site is located within the building envelope
The tree is located such that a proposed garage or other accessory building cannot be located so as to retain the tree
An arborist certifies the tree is dead, dying, or hazardous
An arborist certifies the tree is directly interfering with utility wires and cannot be pruned and still maintain its reasonable appearance or health
An accredited plumber certifies that the roots of the tree are directly interfering with, or blocking sewer or drainage systems
Property development and trees
Unless a tree requires removal under one of the conditions listed above, all property development (renovation or new building) requires you to retain existing trees located on your property.
All trees to be retained on the site require protection during any construction or development. All trees on adjacent properties or boulevard trees that are in danger of being damaged must be protected as well.
An arborist's report is required to make a development permit application.
View the details needed in the arborist's report (Section 7.2) (17 KB)