Vancouver supports a diverse and healthy urban forest. Our streets have over 140,000 trees.
Request tree maintenance
Removing trees on your property
A tree removal permit allows you to take out, move, or replace trees on your property.
How we care for trees
The City and Park Board arborists:
- Maintain trees that along streets and boulevards, and in parks
- Grow trees at our tree farm
- Plant thousands of new trees each year
- Prune and remove trees
- Deal with tree pests and diseases.
We can also help with additional street beautification projects and prepare planting sites around the base of public trees. Extra flowers that couldn't be planted in public parks are available for these planting sites.
How you can help
- Watch out for vandalism of trees.
- Be careful around young trees when you use a lawnmower or weed trimmer.
- Water newly-planted trees over their roots twice per week – especially in hot, dry weather. Two watering cans or five to ten minutes from a slow-running hose will do.
- Participate with your school or community group in Arbor Week tree-planting activities.
- Take an educational program about tree care.
Trees on private property
If you have questions or concerns about trees on private property that are not the responsibility of the City, call 3-1-1.
Vandalism and car accidents involving trees
We repair or replace trees that have been vandalized or damaged due to car accidents, and we recover damages to pay for repairs or replacements.
Claims for replacement for a mature tree can be as high as $20,000.
Bylaws protecting our trees
Preserves, protects, and strengthens our urban forest, while permitting property owners to remove trees for property maintenance and development.
Regulates the Vancouver Park Board's care, condition, and management of trees on boulevards and medians of City-owned streets.