This bylaw affects all private property owners in Vancouver wanting to remove a tree.
If you want to remove a tree, you need a tree removal permit for every tree that has a diameter (width) of 20 cm or greater, measured at 1.4 m above the ground. A tree trunk with a diameter of 20 cm will have a circumference of approximately 64 cm.
The tree permit must be posted in a visible location during tree removal.
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:
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.
When designing a garage or other accessory building, find out what measures may be required to retain healthy trees.
Vancouver has more than 139,000 street trees that are maintained by the Park Board. Three thousand more are planted every year.
Trees play an important role in creating and maintaining a healthy ecosystem by cleaning the air, absorbing carbon dioxide, producing oxygen, absorbing stormwater, reducing erosion and providing habitat and food for wildlife.