Tree Preservation Bylaw
Victoria has one of the rarest and most threatened urban forests in the Pacific Northwest.
Each year, many trees on private property are destroyed or damaged due to construction, disease and irresponsible acts. The City of Victoria has implemented a new Tree Preservation Bylaw in an effort to protect trees, particularly those that are native or have a significant heritage or landmark value.
The original Tree Protection Bylaw was established in 1999. In 2005, after an extensive review process which included community consultation, the Bylaw was strengthened to better protect trees by preventing unnecessary harm or removal. This has resulted in an improved process that regulates which, when and how trees on private property can be removed or altered through such acts as pruning, root cutting or topping.
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- Summary of Tree Preservation Bylaw - [PDF - 1.1 MB]
- Tree Preservation Bylaw (Consolidated) - No. 05-106 [PDF - 201 KB]
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