NOTICE OF WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION: Residents living near the Community Safety Building (Eighth St to Sixth St near Oakville Ave and Orchard Ave) may experience a water service outage until approximately 1pm today as unscheduled watermain repair and maintenance is underway. If you have questions, please call the Town's Engineering Department at 250-656-4502. We apologize for the inconvenience.   

Tree Preservation Bylaw

Town of Sidney Tree Preservation Bylaw No. 2138 regulates the cutting, pruning, and removal of trees and sets requirements for replacing protected trees.


Protected Trees

Trees are protected for many reasons, from the tree type to its size or location. Protected trees include:

  • Protected species (see chart below)
  • Replacement trees
  • Trees required to be planted or retained under a Development Permit
  • Trees within an area designated in the Town’s Official Community Plan as a development permit area for the protection of the natural environment, its ecosystems and biological diversity
  • Trees on a highway, park or other Town owned or occupied lands
  • Any tree having a diameter greater than 60 cm


Protected Tree Size of Tree to be Removed

Required Number of Replacement Trees

Garry Oak, Arbutus, Pacific Dogwood, Western Yew, Seaside Juniper, Cascara, Shore Pine  < 3 cm diameter  0
 3 cm – 20 cm diameter  1
 20 cm – 40 cm diameter  2
 40 cm diameter  3
Douglas-fir, Grand Fir, Western Redcedar, Bigleaf Maple  < 1.2 m tall  0
 1.2 m – 6 m tall  1
 6 m – 12 m tall  2
 > 12 m tall  3
All other protected trees  2


Please refer to Tree Preservation Bylaw No. 2138 for more detailed information.


Tree Removal Permits

To remove, extensively prune, or top an existing tree located on private property, you may require a Tree Removal Permit. Visit our Tree Permit Application page for more information.