You need a Tree Cutting Permit to alter, cut, or remove some trees in Saanich. Scroll down to go directly to the application form or read through some background information first.
- See our Tree Protection Bylaw - Highlights for Property Owners [PDF - 3 MB] for a quick overview of the bylaw.
- View the full Tree Protection Bylaw [PDF - 214 KB].
Please note: we only perform a visual inspection on private trees in order to process tree permit removal or significant pruning (altering) requests. Retain the services of an arborist for a detailed assessment of your tree.
If you are needing a tree removed as part of a development permit, Saanich Parks will be informed when your permit is processed and ready for review. Do not submit a separate request as it will not be processed.
You do not typically need a Tree Cutting Permit to perform basic pruning (branches under 5cm in diameter) 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 when pruning a:
- Designated Significant Tree;
- Tree in a Covenant Area;
- Tree in a Steep Slope area; or to
- Perform significant pruning or alteration of a protected tree.
The property owner, or an authorized agent of the property owner, can submit an application.
You cannot prune a tree on municipally owned land, including trees on boulevards or in parks. Contact us for any tree work on public property.
Please send any supporting documents (e.g., pictures, arborist report, drawings) to firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com
You can also print out and complete the tree cutting permit application and return it to the parks office at your convenience.