The City of North Vancouver has introduced a new bylaw to help strengthen urban forest and increase tree canopy cover.
The Bylaw will regulate management of trees on private property in multi-family residential, commercial, civic, industrial, and mixed employment areas in the City. The City’s Tree Bylaw was adopted by Council in March 2022.
Key points in the bylaw include:
Trees at or greater than 20 cm diameter at breast height and replacement trees will require a permit for removal, even without active development taking place.
The new bylaw offers more clarity on enforcement, ticketing, and fees for service.
It has measures to mitigate ecological losses by requiring tree replacement and other environmental enhancements, including a requirement that at least one replacement tree be a conifer.
It will enable better collection of data on private property trees within the City, including information on trees replaced, protected, and removed for better decision-making.
Learn more about the new Tree Bylaw, tree management and protection, and tree removal conditions at cnv.org/Trees.