Tree Bylaw for private property
On November 2, 2020, the Tree Bylaw (formerly the Interim Tree Bylaw) was adopted. In addition to housekeeping amendments, the following is a summary of the approved changes to the bylaw:
- Clarification of the definition of the term “tree cutting” to improve understanding of when a permit is required.
- Definitions of acceptable pruning practices that will not compromise the health of the tree.
- Addition of Pacific yew, Pacific dogwood, Yellow cedar, and Shore pine tree (greater than 20 cm DBH) to the Protected Tree list.
- Addition of trees (greater than 10 cm DBH) within the watercourse protection area (i.e., 15 m of the top of bank of a watercourse) to the Protected Tree list.
- Addition of heritage trees, replacement trees, and retained trees to the Protected Tree List.
- Restrictions on tree work during the nesting season of wildlife species that are protected under senior levels of government.
- Permitting requirements for tree work related to wildfire hazard risk.
- Replacement tree requirements for removal of Protected Trees.
- Updated permitting process for tree removals when trees are certified as dead by an Arborist, including a reduced arborist report and expedited process.
- Updated tree protection barrier requirements during construction activities.
- Updated expiry date for a tree removal permit from six months to one year.
The complete Tree Bylaw is provided here: