Protection of Trees By-law 9958

The by-law relates to trees on private property.

We are making changes to speed up permitting and reduce wait times.

Learn about changes to trees and landscape

When you need a permit

You need a permit to remove any tree on private property that has a diameter (width) of 20 centimetres or greater, measured at 1.4 metres above the ground.  A tree trunk with a diameter of 20 centimetres will have a circumference of approximately 64 centimetres.

You don't need a permit to remove a tree that is smaller than 20 centimetres in diameter unless the tree was previously identified as a replacement tree, or is as part of a landscape design for a new development project.

Tree diagram showing trunk 1.4 metres off the ground, the 20 cm diameter of a trunk, and how to measure circumference and diameter of a trunk.

Get a tree removal permit

The tree permit must be posted in a visible location during tree removal.