Protection of Trees By-law 9958

This by-law affects all private property owners wanting to remove a tree. The relaxation to allow tree removal without a permit for trees between 20cm-30cm diameter is part of a one-year pilot and will be reassessed by June 2022.

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 tree removal permit for every tree that has a diameter (width) of 30 centimetres or greater, measured at 1.4 metres above the ground.  A tree trunk with a diameter of 30 centimetres will have a circumference of approximately 94 centimetres.

You don't need a permit to remove a tree that is smaller than 30 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 30 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.