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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

September 9, 2020: While the doors of Services Centre are closed, we are still open for business. We have limited staff onsite to help people with scheduled appointments or to take payment – all other enquires are available online, by phone, or email. Our staff continue to process and review applications to help ensure buildings and development can continue to operate, generate employment, and meet urgent housing needs. Inspections continue daily with enhanced safety precautions.

  • General enquiries: Phone 604-873-7611
  • Building and development and application enquiries: Email permitquestions@vancouver.ca 
    ​​​​​​​ You may still need to submit physical drawings and plans for your project.

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

The Protection of Trees Bylaw 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 by construction and renovation
  • 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 Bylaw Section 4)  (28 KB)

Steps to removing a tree(s) from your property

Did you know

Trees benefit Vancouver in many ways.

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. 

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre

Phone: 604-873-7611

permitquestions@vancouver.ca

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

Transit nearby

  • Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station
  • 99 B-line, #15, and #9 buses

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

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