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Tree Protection Bylaw

Tree Preservation Bylaw


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Contact Information

Parks Office - Municipal Yard
1040 McKenzie Avenue
Phone: 250-475-5522

Apply for a permit online.

Tree Protection Bylaw, 2014, No. 9272 Became Effective July 1, 2014


The purpose of the Tree Protection Bylaw (“the Bylaw”) is to regulate cutting or pruning of trees, prohibit tree damaging activities and set requirements for replacement trees.

Tree Protection Bylaw Introduction and Overview

The Introduction and Overview Summary document outlines conditions such as pruning, tree removal and replacement tree requirements.

Consideration for Building on a Site With Trees

Awareness of tree issues and requirements is important at every stage from planning, design, engineering and 
construction, to landscaping. Review Consideration for Building on a Site With Trees for helpful checklists, fee details and more.

Private Trees

Inquiries pertaining to Tree Protection on private property and/or to apply for a Permit for removal of a Bylaw Protected Tree contact the Parks Office at 250-475-5522 or apply for a tree removal permit online.

Protected Trees

The following native species taller than 2m or more in height, and/or 4cm or more in diameter:
Garry Oak (Quercus garryana) Arbutus (Arbutus menziesii)
Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttalli) Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia)
Or, the following native species having a diameter of 30cm or more:
Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Grand fir (Abies grandis)
Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)
Other trees to include:
· Any other tree having a diameter of 60cm
· Any Replacement Tree - A tree planted to replace a protected tree that was permitted for removal
· Any tree over 10 cm at Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) or 5 metres in height located in Streamside Development Permit Area or an Environmental Development Permit Area
· Any tree planted or retained as a requirement of a subdivision application, development permit, blasting permit, building permit, fill permit or a plumbing permit
· A Significant Tree as listed in “Schedule B” of the Bylaw

· Any tree with evidence of a nest or use by raptors, ospreys or herons

How To MeasureTree Diamaters

Diameter at breast height, or DBH, is a standard method of expressing the diameter of the trunk or bole of a standing tree. 

    • Trees listed under a Tree Covenant or Natural State Covenant will be protected as per the language of the covenant in addition to the above list.
    • Vegetation including trees under 10 cm DBH or 5 metres in height along with other plants including mosses, lichens, herbs, grasses and shrubs located within an Environmental or Streamside Development Permit Area may not be removed without first obtaining a Development Permit.


Contact Information

Parks Office - Municipal Yard
1040 McKenzie Ave
Phone: 250-475-5522

Apply for a tree removal permit online.


Last modified: January 14, 2016