Urban Forestry

The City of Nanaimo contains a significant urban forest that is a vital part of our local heritage and community.  The urban forest includes all trees and ground vegetation found throughout the City on both private and public land.

Tree Voucher Program

If you’re a resident of Nanaimo you can participate in our tree voucher program. This means you can purchase a tree to plant on your property for a reduced cost. 

Learn more about the tree voucher program and apply

Application Forms for Tree Removal/Protection

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Tree bonding for building permit

As part of the tree replacement requirement for new subdivisions, bonds for tree replacement are required at building permit stage. A deposit of $300.00 is taken to ensure trees are planted with a building permit, or as a required replacement tree in a tree removal permit. The trees must be >1.5m upon planting, coniferous or deciduous, and capable of growing to over 4.5m at maturity. Shrubs, dwarf trees, trees planted as a hedge, or a species commonly used as a hedge do not qualify. Fruit trees are acceptable. Once the trees are planted, they are considered protected and a permit is required if they are to be removed in the future.

Contact Us

Patrick McIntosh
Urban Forestry Coordinator
250-755-4429 ext. 4357

Walter Ernst
Urban Forester
250-755-4460 ext. 4473

Last updated: June 20, 2024

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