Tree Protection Bylaw

The purpose of the Tree Protection Bylaw is to protect Richmond’s urban forest by restricting tree removal from private lands and ensuring replacement trees are provided when trees are required to be removed.

The basic strategy involves preserving healthy trees where possible (based on their long-term viability), permitting the removal of those trees that are either in poor condition or in conflict with new development and requiring the replanting of new trees.

Trees within any urban forest are a dynamic resource - they grow, they mature, they decline and eventually die. Seeking retention where it is feasible, while at the same time ensuring there are adequate replacements, promotes the creation of a sustainable urban forest as a continued benefit to our community.

When to Apply for a Tree Removal Permit

The City’s Tree Protection Bylaw No. 8057 generally prohibits the cutting or removal of any tree larger than 20 cm (7-7/8 inches) in diameter at breast height (dbh - measured at 1.4m or 4'7" above the ground) without a permit.

Key elements of the Bylaw are summarized in the following Bulletins (in pdf format):
Bulletin - Tree-01: Tree Protection Bylaw 8057
Bulletin - Tree-08: Tree Protection Bylaw 8057 Application Process

The Arborist Report, and Site Supervision and Post Construction Impact Report are now available to view/download/print:
Bulletin - Tree-04: Arborist Report
Bulletin - Tree-12: Site Supervision and Post Construction Impact Assessment Report

Additional information on required tree fencing can be retrieved from:
Bulletin Tree-03: Protection of Existing Trees During Demolition and Construction
Tree Survey Guidelines

Downloadable Tree Protection Sign

Richmond's Tree Protection Bylaw 8057 prohibits the topping of trees on both Private and City property and can result in fines up to $50,000 per tree.

To learn more about the dangers of decay, insects and disease, shock and sun-scorch to your trees that results from topping, read Why Topping Hurts Trees.

The Truth about Topping Trees

How to Apply for a Tree Removal Permit

Completed Residential Tree Removal application forms and supporting material(s) can be dropped off or sent to Richmond City Hall, Attn: Permits, Canada Post or emailed to

Please ensure to include a Letter of Authorization if you are not the registered property owner.

Supporting material(s) must clearly indicate the location(s) of the tree(s) or include photos.

The form and related materials are available below for download in PDF format.
Tree Removal Permit Application (Non-Development) (PL-20)
Tree Removal Permit Application (Demolition / New Construction - T2) (PL-37)
Tree Removal Permit Application (Rezoning in Process - T3) (PL-48)
Bulletin Tree-11: Tree Permit Appeal Process
Request to City Council to Appeal Refusal of Tree Permit
Bulletin Tree-06: Tree Removal on Sites Involved in the Rezoning Process
Bulletin Tree-07: Landscape Cross-Section Drawings at Building Permit Submission
Bulletin Tree-10: Replacement Tree Guideline
Bulletin Tree-13: The Value of Wildlife Trees and Best Management Practices for Invasive Ivy Around Trees
Letter of Authorization (PL-40)
Letter of Authorization for Strata Properties (PL-54)
New Survey Requirements
Suitable Trees for Replanting (PL-17)
Tree Care Professionals (PL-27)

Contact Us

If you require further assistance, or would like to report a possible illegal tree cutting, please contact the City 604-247-4684 during regular work hours (Mon to Fri from 8:15am to 5:00pm).

Alternatively, we may be reached by email at:

To report a possible illegal tree cutting outside of regular work hours, please call the 24 Hour City Emergency Line at 604-270-8721.