tree protection bylaw updates

Let’s talk about trees! The City is proposing updates to Port Moody’s Tree Protection Bylaw and we want your input. 

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • visit our public engagement hub, Engage Port Moody, to learn about the proposed updates;
  • attend our Tree Protection Bylaw information session on Thursday, April 25, in person at the Civic Centre (100 Newport Drive) between 5pm and 7pm – join us for a brief presentation starting at 5:30pm, review information boards, ask questions, and share your thoughts with City staff and consultants; and
  • fill out our community survey online at by May 12, 2024.

If you prefer to fill out the survey on paper, you can request a copy at City Hall (100 Newport Drive) during regular business hours, or at the information session on April 25. Your paper survey must be returned to City Hall by May 10, 2024. 

Your input will inform staff’s recommendations to Council as well as Council’s consideration of the proposed bylaw updates later this year. 

The Tree Protection Bylaw currently regulates tree protection on public lands and on private lands in some circumstances, including lands located within environmentally sensitive areas (ESAs) or riparian management zones. Proposed updates to the bylaw relate to tree protection only and do not seek to make any changes to the boundaries of ESAs or to the development permit area guidelines for ESAs found in the Official Community Plan. 

In response to Council’s declaration of a climate emergency and the City’s goal of restoring and strengthening our urban forest (articulated in Port Moody’s Climate Action Plan), we have been working on two Trees in Port Moody projects: the development of an Urban Forest Management Strategy and a review of the Tree Protection Bylaw. Extensive public engagement for Trees in Port Moody has been happening in phases. 

In Phase 1 (May/June 2022), we asked for input to help us develop a shared vision and to identify opportunities to improve how we plan, manage, grow, and protect the urban forest. We also asked participants to answer general questions related to tree protection requirements and tree removal. 

In Phase 2 (May/June 2023), we asked for feedback on the draft Urban Forest Management Strategy and gathered input on community values and preferences for tree protection requirements and tree removal in Port Moody. Input collected to date has informed:

  • the refinement of the Urban Forest Management Strategy, which was adopted by City Council in September 2023; and
  • the development of recommended key directions for Tree Protection Bylaw updates. 

Gathering input on the proposed updates to the Tree Protection Bylaw is the third and final phase of engagement for Trees in Port Moody. Visit to learn more.