New permit and service fees in effect January 1, 2024
Due to service levels and holiday hours, applications received in December may be:
- Processed in the new year
- Subject to 2024 fees
Submit your completed application as soon as possible to be eligible for processing in 2023.
Review the steps to removing a tree(s) from your property before submitting an application.
Tree removal permits grant permission to remove a tree from private property, and may include a requirement to plant a replacement tree.
The Protection of Trees By-law defines only certain cases when a tree can be removed. This includes when the tree is:
- Causing serious damage to your property
- Located within the building envelope defined in the issued development or building permit
- Dead, dying, diseased, or presents a hazard
Did you know?
Trees provide valuable social, economic and environmental benefits to Vancouver by:
- Cleaning the air
- Absorbing carbon dioxide
- Producing oxygen
- Absorbing stormwater
- Reducing erosion
- Providing habitat and food for wildlife
Fruit and nut trees provide a source of local food. The urban tree canopy also cools the city, beautifies our neighbourhoods, and increases property values.
Do you have a concern about a tree being or about to be removed?
The Development and Building Centre is open for in-person scheduled appointments or payments.
Location and mailing address
Development and Building Centre
515 West 10th Avenue, Ground Floor
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8