Site and landscape plan requirements

Before you apply for a tree removal permit, you will need to provide a site or landscape plan with your application.

Site plan requirements

You can draw your own site plan with pen and paper. It must identify all of the following:

  • All trees existing on the site
  • Trees to be removed
  • Replacement trees

Example of a site plan

Landscape plan requirements

Your landscape plan has to be professionally prepared. It must include all of the following:

  • All hard surfaces including:
    • Sidewalks
    • Fences
    • Retaining walls
    • Driveways
    • Patios
  • Utilities above and below ground, including:
    • Water
    • Sewer
    • Gas
    • Electrical
    • Power lines
  • All trees on your site (whether they are being kept, moved, taken out, or taken out then replaced with a different tree), including their:
    • Location
    • Diameter of trunk(s) at 1.4 m from the ground
    • Common name
    • Botanical name
    • Minimum size of replacement tree required by schedules A and B of the Protection of Trees Bylaw.  
  • Trees on adjacent properties if they are within 2 m of your property line
  • Trees on any City street or lane allowances adjacent to the site
  • Tree grades (existing tree base elevations) for all trees (except those less than 20 cm in diameter) that are affected by development
  • The drip line (crown of trees or extent of tree branches) and species (type) of trees (except those less than 20 cm in diameter measured 1.4 m above the ground).

The landscape plan does not include:

  • Trees less than 20 cm in diameter measured 1.4 m above the ground
  • Or, in the case of multi-stemmed trees, trees whose three largest trunks or stems, when added together are less than 20 cm

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

 The Services Centre and Phone Centre will close for the Christmas holidays at 3pm on Monday, December 24 and will reopen at 8:30am on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.


Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

Did you know

Vancouver's urban forest is an important part of the city's heritage.

Beginning with the old growth forests that first covered the land, trees are part of our west coast heritage. 

Before the 1850s, the area we now call Vancouver was covered with trees that were over 300 feet tall and older than 1,000 years.

And after more than 100 years of tree planting, Vancouver’s urban forest is one of the city's most striking features.