Trees and Storms

What to do in a storm event:

Stay safe - look for downed power lines and keep a safe distance.

Keep calm and be patient - there likely are multiple households needing help.

Poperty owners are responsible for removing trees or branches on their private property.

  • A tree permit may be required to remove or significantly prune a tree, even if it fell. Certified arborists can help make sure you follow the Saanich Tree Bylaw
  • Small pieces of tree debris can go in your green curbside compost bin
  • You can take larger bits to the Saanich garden recycling drop-off (see what you can or can't drop off) or to the Hartland Landfill

Has a tree damaged your property?

Think safety first. Do not stand under trees that have broken branches or look like they are ready to fall.

  • Contact your homeowner's insurance company or auto insurace company
  • Take photos
  • Document what property structures were damaged by the tree

Tree fall after a wind storm

Public Trees

To request service for trees located on public lands, including boulevards, parks, beach accesses, and road allowances:

If you wish to be contacted as a follow-up to your request, please leave your phone number.

Private Trees

You need a apply for a Tree Cutting Permit to remove or alter a protected tree. This includes trees that are dead or dying.

If you have a bylaw-protected tree: 

You can also call a tree care professional to have a Certified Arborist assess your tree. We recommend International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification or other recognized certifications like a Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. 

Maintain your trees before severe weather hits: 

  1. Proper pruning will help prepare your tree during future storms - follow ISA standards
  2. Plant the right tree in the right place - help reduce future problems
  3. Hire a certified arborist to regularly prune and inspect your trees
  4. Giving your tree water and nutrients can help it thrive. The ISA has great tips...
  5. Is it a public tree in Saanich? Contact Saanich Parks and we will perform the required maintenance.