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COVID-19 update

July 22, 2021: The Services Centre is open for scheduled appointments and payments only. All other enquires are available online, by phone, or email.

We 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.

Wearing a mask is required if you need to visit City, Park Board, and library facilities.

  • General enquiries: Phone 604-873-7611
  • Building, development, and application enquiries:
    • Use our new online form and receive a tracking number, which you can use to get real-time status updates from 3-1-1.
    • Email permitquestions@vancouver.ca. Submissions received through email will take longer to process and will not receive a tracking number. Please do not send multiple emails. 
    • We will respond to all enquiries within 10 business days.

You may still need to submit physical drawings and plans for your project through our online form or email.

The permitquestions@vancouver.ca inbox will close permanently on August 3, 2021, and we will continue processing emails received up to August 3, 2021.

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 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 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 Bylaw 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

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre

Contact us online

Phone: 604-873-7611

Email: permitquestions@vancouver.ca (Email available only until August 3, 2021)

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

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