Tree Removal

Currently, the Town of Gibsons is working to develop a Tree Preservation Bylaw. The proposed bylaw received first and second reading in July 2020, and is expected to be adopted in fall 2020, following a Virtual Public Hearing on September 14, 2020.

In the meantime, we ask that Town of Gibsons’ community members who are contemplating the removal of a tree to please refer to the following flowchart and links below for guidance on how to proceed.

Questions may be directed by email to:

**Please note: DBH stands for “Diameter at Breast Height”. For a complete definition, please refer to the Definitions and Application segment of the proposed bylaw.


Find information on Definitions and Application of Bylaw, Restrictions and Exemptions, Tree Permit Application, Regulations, Replacement Trees, Administration, and Offenses and Penalties here.

Schedule A Protected Tree Species

Schedule B Protected Tree Seedlings

Schedule C Tree Protection Practices

Schedule D Replacement Tree Stock and Planting Requirements

Schedule E Recommended Replacement Tree Species


Active & Inactive Bird Nests
Birds, eggs and nest trees are protected by law.

It is an offense under Section 34 of the Wildlife Act, 1982 to disturb or destroy an active bird nest.

If you need to prune or remove a tree or other vegetation from your property you must ensure that there are no active bird nests in the vegetation.

If you do find an active nest, the vegetation must be left undisturbed until all the birds have left the nest.

Please note that the nests of an eagle, peregrine falcon, gyrfalcon, osprey, heron, or burrowing owl are protected under the Wildlife Act, regardless of nest activity (i.e. active or inactive).

The most active bird nesting season starts on March 15 and lasts until August 15 every year.

You may be in contravention of the Provincial Wildlife Act if you remove trees during the spring nesting season. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you retain a Registered Professional Biologist to confirm nesting or the lack thereof on your site prior to removals.

Additional Resources

For more information, please contact the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or visit:

Birds Protected Under the Migratory Birds Convention Act

Develop with Care 2014: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Land Development