Tree Requirements for Development
Requirements for development and variance permits, subdivisions, and rezoning
Once you have submitted an application for land development, your area planner will keep you informed of any tree and landscape related requirements associated with your development. The requirements may include any or all of the following items, as well as some that are not listed, depending on your arborist report, site conditions, and special directions from the Area Planning Division:
- Arborist Report
- Landscaping Plan
- Cost Estimate
- Tree Protection Barriers
- Tree Cutting Permit
- Fees and Securities
A copy of the Tree Cutting Permit must be posted in a highly visible location on site throughout the duration of the tree removal process.
If you are removing trees from the development site, you will need to submit a completed tree cutting permit application form.
If trees are proposed to be removed from neighbouring properties you will need to contact the owner of the affected property and have them sign a separate tree cutting permit application for those trees. Separate fees and cash-in-lieu will be required for that permit.
If a shared tree (any tree where any part of the trunk of that tree touches the property line) is proposed to be removed, a letter indicating agreement to remove the tree, signed by the co-owner of that tree, must be submitted.
TREE CUTTING PERMITS ARE NOT ISSUED UNTIL YOUR SUBDIVISION PLANS ARE SIGNED, YOUR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT RECEIVES FINAL APPROVAL AND ALL OTHER TREE RELATED REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN SATISFIED INCLUDING PAYMENT OF FEES CONSTRUCTION OF BARRIERS, AND SUBMISSION OF COMFORT LETTERS.
Where comfort letters from the project arborist are required, the tree cutting permits must be picked up by the project arborist.
Barriers are required around any protected/retained trees that could be impacted by your development. This includes trees on neighbouring lots, trees on City property, and retained trees on your lot. Please use your approved arborist report to determine which trees need barriers and how far those barriers should be from the trunks of the trees they are protecting. You may also reference our Tree Barrier Installation and Inspection brochure for generic information on how the barriers are to be built.
Once your barriers are built to specification, you will need to call our inspection line at 604-591-4675 to book your inspection.