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Central Saanich Tree Cutting Bylaws and Permits


Central Saanich Tree Cutting Bylaws

Central Saanich Tree Cutting Bylaws and Permits can be found on the District of Central Saanich website.  There is information on the permit and applications that you need before cutting or pruning trees on your property.

There are two different bylaws relating to trees on private property; one is for trees located in the designated Erosion District and the second is for Protected Trees.
Trees on Private Property
Erosion District Trees

If you would like to remove trees on your property and you are located in the erosion district (map), you would require a tree removal permit.

The protected tree bylaw regulates the cutting or pruning of certain trees on private property. If you are considering pruning or removing trees that are considered “protected”, you would need to TREE PROTECTION BYLAW, 2014, NO. 9272 As part of your application, please submit a site plan identifying all tree types and sizes, along with all existing and proposed buildings and structures. Depending on the reason for pruning or removal, you may require an arborist report as well.

Here are links to Central Saanich Tree Cutting Bylaws and Permits, Maps, Tree Cutting Guides and Applications.

  • Tree Cutting (Erosion District) Nematode Map
  • Tree Cutting (Erosion District) Guide
  • Tree Cutting (Erosion District) Application
  • Tree Cutting (Protected) Guide

    “Protected Tree” means the following:

    a Garry Oak tree (Quercus garryana) over 50 cm in height;
    an Arbutus tree (Arbutus menziesii) over 50 cm in height;
    a Pacific Dogwood tree (Cornus nuttallii) over 50 cm in height;
    a Pacific Yew tree (Taxus brevifolia) over 50 cm in height;
    a Shore Pine tree (Pinus contorta) over 50 cm in height;
    a Trembling Aspen tree (Populus Tremuloides) over 50 cm in height;
    a tree having significant botanical, historical or cultural value, that is listed in Schedule “A” of the bylaw;
    A Nesting Tree as defined in the bylaw and protected by the Wildlife Act;
    a Replacement Tree;
    a tree designated “to be retained” on a plan attached to a development permit, development variance permit, or building permit, shown as such on a plan attached to a rezoning application or subdivision application;
    a tree protected by a restrictive covenant; and
    any tree, regardless of species, having a diameter at breast height of 60 cm or more. 

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