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Get a tree removal permit

As of June 21, 2022, the maximum size of a tree permitted for removal on private property without a permit has been restored to 20 centimetres in diameter.

We are making changes to speed up permitting and reduce wait times

These changes apply to new projects or those in early stages of review. Existing permits or those in advanced stages of review may require a revision application.

Learn more about the changes

Tree removal permits grant permission to remove a tree from private property, and may include a requirement to plant a replacement tree.

Review the steps to removing a tree(s) from your property before submitting an application.

Register and submit application


The Protection of Trees By-law defines only certain cases when a tree can be removed. This includes when the tree is:

  • Causing serious damage to your property
  • Located within the building envelope defined in the issued development or building permit
  • Dead, dying, diseased, or presents a hazard

Read the full list of reasons of when you can apply to remove a tree (Protection of Trees By-law Section 4)  (28 KB)

Steps to removing a tree(s) from your property

Did you know?

Trees provide valuable social, economic and environmental benefits to Vancouver by: 

  • Cleaning the air
  • Absorbing carbon dioxide
  • Producing oxygen
  • Absorbing stormwater
  • Reducing erosion 
  • Providing habitat and food for wildlife

Fruit and nut trees provide a source of local food. The urban tree canopy also cools the city, beautifies our neighbourhoods, and increases property values. 

Do you have a concern about a tree being or about to be removed?

Report a suspected unauthorized tree removal

General permit enquiries

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre online

Have you submitted an application online?

We want to hear from you.

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