Landscaping By Law
With an application for issuance of a development permit or building permit, the owner or the applicant on behalf of the owner, must submit a survey, certified correct by a BC land surveyor who is a member of the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors that shows:
Each tree located on the site, on adjacent property within two metres of any boundary of the site, and on any street adjacent to the site; the tree grade or tree elevation for each tree referred to in subsection the drip line for each such tree; and the location, height, and diameter of each stump on the site.
2. Application for tree permit. An owner of a site may apply for a tree permit to remove a tree from a site, to relocate a tree on a site, or to plant a replacement tree on a site, which application must be in the form prescribed by the Director of Planning.
3. The Director of Planning may include conditions regarding the removal, relocation, replacement or retention of a tree in a tree permit, and the tree permit holder and the owner must comply with those conditions.
4. Posting of tree permit. During the removal, relocation, or replacement of a tree, the tree permit holder and the owner must post the tree permit, and keep it posted, in a conspicuous location on the site that is visible from an adjacent street.
2. Relaxation of distance requirement. Under subsections (e) and (f) of section 5.2, if the Director of Planning is satisfied that a tree warrants retention and can survive with standard arboricultural care and appropriate construction techniques, the Director of Planning may relax the minimum distance referred to in section 5.4.
2. Siting of relocation tree or replacement tree. An owner must plant a relocation tree or replacement tree. On the same site as the tree the owner is replacing or relocating; at least one metre from:
An owner must plant a relocation tree or replacement tree: in the case of development under the Zoning and Development by-law, before: issuance of an occupancy permit, or occupancy of a development not requiring an occupancy permit; in any other case, within six months after the date of issuance of the tree permit for such relocation tree or replacement tree; except if the Director of Planning specifies, as a condition of such tree permit, another deadline for such relocation or replacement.
With an application for issuance of a development permit or building permit, the owner or the applicant on behalf of the owner, must also submit a report, certified correct by an arborist, that sets out:
The condition, size, and species of trees on the site; the impact of the proposed development on the health of trees on the site, and potential hazards to them during or after construction.
The owner of a site must care for each tree on the site in accordance with the requirements of this By-law and any applicable tree permit.
If a tree on a site becomes a hazardous tree as a result of damage from a natural cause, the owner or occupier of the site may remove the tree before obtaining a tree permit.