Tree Cutting Permit: Watercourse Protection Area

A Tree Environmental Development Permit is required for any removal or pruning work on trees 10 centimetres in diameter or larger that are located within 15 metres of the top of a watercourse bank.

Note: the diameter is measured 1.4 metres from the ground.

You may not need an environmental development permit if your work only includes:

  • pruning without tree ascension 
  • maintenance of existing landscaping

The proposed work within 15 m of the top of bank of a watercourse must comply with the District's watercourse protection regulations and Tree Bylaw

Applicants must submit all necessary documentation as outlined in the checklist in the Foreshore or Watercourse Protection Area Tree Cutting Permit application form.

How to Apply

  1. Obtain an arborist report outlining the proposed work and rationale.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Email documents in PDF format to [email protected].
  4. Once your application has been received and processed, an application fee slip will be emailed to you. This typically takes up to five days depending on the volume of permits received. Fee: $300 for any pruning or removal work on one tree, plus $100 for each additional tree removal. Application fees are non-refundable.
  5. The review of a completed application usually takes two to three weeks.
  6. If your application is approved, the permit will be sent to you by email. 
    Note: Replanting will be a requirement for any tree removals. A security deposit will be collected to ensure replanting of native coastal species is completed in accordance with the permit conditions.