Tree Protection Policy

Related procedure

Tree Protection procedure

Policy statement

The Corporation of the Town of Oakville (town) shall protect trees on both public and private lands pursuant to applicable by-laws, recognizing their importance to the ecology, aesthetics, culture, and heritage of the town.

Trees on public lands shall be removed only to safeguard public safety. Trees with significant structural and/or health problems and dying trees may also be removed with confirmation from the town forester or designate. Trees cannot be removed solely for reasons of aesthetics or nuisance, including shade, the shedding of tree leaves, nuts, or fruits, or damage caused by tree roots.

The compensation for leaf area loss will be determined as set out in the Tree Protection During Construction procedure.


This policy enables the establishment of procedures to prevent damage or destruction of trees, provide for replacement of trees and optimize planting provisions and tree health for future arboricultural activities within the Town.


This policy applies to trees within the Town of Oakville.

Policy details

Policy Number:EN-TRE-001
Section: Environment
Sub-Section: Trees
Author: Forestry Section, Parks and Open Space and Development Engineering Department
Authority: Council
Effective Date: 2009 May 04
Review by Date: 2021
Last Modified: 2016 Nov 14