Tree protection bylaws and policies for private property owners
Updated Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Many local governments in Greater Vancouver have a bylaw or policy addressing tree removal, retention, pruning and damage on private property. This fact sheet is an overview.
Note: Bowen Island, North Vancouver City, Pemberton, Pitt Meadows, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Gulf Islands do not have a tree bylaw or policy for private land. However, if there are trees within stream corridors or near waterways, trees may be protected under the provincial Streamside Protection Regulation and the federal Fisheries Act. Trees on agricultural land in the Agricultural Land Reserve may be exempt from municipal tree bylaws. Trees on municipal (city) property are typically under the Parks Department. Questions? Contact your local municipality.