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Tree Protection Bylaw

An updated Tree Protection Bylaw (No. 1595) was adopted by Council for the District of Central Saanich on July 28, 2008.  The bylaw regulates the cutting or pruning of certain trees on private property.  Please explore the links to the left for more information, or contact the Central Saanich Planning Department at 250-544-4209.

Bylaw No. 1595 states:

"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 50cm in height;
  • a Pacific Yew tree (Taxus brevifolia) over 50cm in height;
  • a Shore Pine tree (Pinus contorta) over 50cm in height;
  • a Trembling Aspen tree (Populus Tremuloides) over 50cm in height;
  • a tree having significant botanical, historical or cultural value, listed in Schedule “A”, attached to and forming part of this Bylaw;
  • A Nesting Tree as defined in this 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.

(In addition, property owners should be aware of the tree cutting permit requirements within the 'Erosion District' defined by Central Saanich Bylaw no. 993.  
Erosion District tree cutting permit applications are handled by the Central Saanich Engineering Department: 250-544-4210)

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