Tree Cutting Permit: Public Lands
A Municipal Tree Permit is required before any tree work can be done on public land, boulevards, or parks.
Tree work is described in the following categories:
- low-impact – single tree pruning, for example, re-topping a hedge
- medium-impact – for example, tree removal (small trees) or pruning multiple trees
- high-impact – removal of large tree or multiple trees
Before submitting your application for a Municipal Tree Permit for tree work on public land, you will need to:
- find a tree contractor from the list provided
- obtain a quote and scope of work and include this in your application package. The proposed work should be to ANSI standards.
- obtain neighbourhood approval. Contact your neighbours within a 30-metre radius for low-impact work, 50-metre radius for medium-impact work, or 150-metre radius for high-impact work, and have them sign the neighbourhood consent form. A minimum of 80 per cent of your neighbours needs to approve to work before you can submit your application.
Complete the application form:
a. clearly define the proposed scope of work and include your quote from the tree contractor
b. include a sketch or legal plan indicating legal ownership of the trees
c. tag all trees being considered for work for inspection by the District Arborist
d. include the signed consent forms you obtained from your neighbours. Eighty percent consent is required to submit your application, if you cannot contact a resident, the District will send a second notification to ensure that all neighbours have been given a chance to comment
1. Send in the completed application by one of the following methods:
Mail: Planning & Development Department
750 17th Street, West Vancouver BC V7S 3E7
2. Once your application has been received and processed, an application fee slip will be emailed to you. This usually takes a couple of days.
Application fees are non-refundable.
3. The review of a completed application usually takes two to three weeks once all paperwork has been submitted.
4. If your application is approved, a permit will be sent directly to the contractor identified on your application.
5. You must notify the District at least 48 hours before beginning work. The tree permit must be on site during the work, and no debris is to be left behind.
6. A final inspection of the work must be conducted. Call 604-925-7192 to schedule an inspection.