To support a greener community and healthier environment, the town has adopted several by-laws, policies, and procedures to preserve our community's tree canopy.
The town's private tree protection by-law has changed. Property owners must apply for a permit to remove a tree from their property.Permit information
The updated Tree Protection and Tree Canopy Preservation Policy was approved at the Council meeting of February 25, 2019. The town has adopted several policies and procedures to protect as well as enhance the tree canopy in the town. If you're planning a construction project you should review the Tree Protection Policy and Tree Protection During Construction Procedure, which outline what you need to know about construction near existing trees, how to apply for permits, and more. You may need to complete one or more of the following:
All street trees located on municipal property are protected and regulated by established by-laws and applicable amendments:
The town's Urban Forestry section is responsible for the maintenance of these trees. We encourage you to use your property survey or contact the town to determine your property line before beginning any tree planting or landscaping. Private trees and landscaping features are not permitted on the town boulevard. Review Boulevard Gardening permits. To find more information on the above rules and regulations, please search for relevant by-law number on the town's Municipal By-law Page.
Residents may request the removal of the town-owned crab apple street tree in front their property if it appears in decline or infested with apple scab. Permits are granted with the condition that the applicant cover the cost of the tree and stump removal and replacement. Cost for the permit is $155. The cost of removal and replacement is based on the tree size and condition. Once approved, removal and stumping may take four weeks. Replacement would take place in the fall for trees removed and stumped in the spring; and in the following spring for trees removed and stumped in other seasons. Please send a request for inspection to firstname.lastname@example.org.