Apply for a Tree Cutting Permit on Private Property

You need a Tree Cutting Permit to alter, cut, or remove some trees in Saanich. 

Garry Oak leaf - a protected tree in SaanichPruning

You do not need a Tree Cutting Permit to perform basic pruning on a protected tree when done in accordance with sound arboriculture practices. We recommend you consult with a ISA Certified Arborist.

You do need a Tree Cutting Permit to prune a:

Please send any supporting documents (e.g., pictures, arborist report, drawings) to and make sure you include your address to let us know where it's for!

This collection of personal information is authorized under the Local Government Act, Community Charter and Section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information will be used for processing this permit application. Questions can be directed to the District’s Privacy Officer at: 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria BC, V8X 2W7, t. 250‑475-1775, e.


Property Owner Information
  • If you are a contractor, please fill in the contractor information and the property owner info.
  • If you are the owner and have not hired a service to help, please fill in this section only.
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Work Requested
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Is the tree located in a tree or natural state covenant?
Reason for tree removal request
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Aboriculture Inspectors will come to review your request during business hours. Please mark the tree so it is clear which tree is to be inspected. Are there any special circumstances that would prevent or limit access to the tree? (optional)
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