Tree Protection Bylaw No.1831-2009 applies if:
- The tree is not located within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).
- The tree is greater than 20cm in diameter, measured 1.4 metres above the ground
Prior to removing, topping, excessively pruning or otherwise damaging* a tree, the City of Abbotsford requires that a tree cutting permit application is submitted. If you are unsure as to whether or not your tree requires a permit, please submit a tree cutting permit application and we will determine that for you at no cost.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to identify legal ownership of the tree. Trees whose trunks straddle property lines may require both owners’ permission to remove. Legal surveys may be required.
If you are applying on behalf of the tree owner please see the links below to access the required forms: you will require a completed Owners’ Authorization Form. Once you’ve completed the form, please scan it or take a clear photograph of it and submit that electronic file with your tree cutting permit application.
An arborist report may be required to verify hazard or for applications involving 5 or more trees.
*Damage includes any impacts to roots, trunks, limbs and foliage that may limit the tree’s ability to survive or remain structurally stable.