Depending on the work, you may be required to submit an application to obtain a permit. To find out if an application is required, contact us to discuss the work with a Bylaw Officer. After speaking with you, the Bylaw Officer may simply issue a Directive which would enable you to obtain the necessary permit without submitting an application.
If part of the proposed project involves any work within private property, a building permit may also be required from: Building Division, located on the Main Floor, West Tower, City Hall. For further information, please contact Building Division at 416-392-7539.
If the proposed work is in close proximity to an existing tree, you should be aware that all trees which are located on City property are protected from injury or destruction.
Trees which are located on private property having a diameter of 0.30m or greater, measured 1.4m above ground level, are also protected from injury or destruction.
If you wish, you may view further information regarding the protection of street trees, please see the accordion section below.
If a landscape application is required for your project, you must submit drawings which meet the specifications in accordance with City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 743, Use of Streets and Sidewalks.
Excavation and installations which do not extend more than 1.2m measured from the surface of the adjoining boulevard are considered to be minor landscaping (i.e. driveway, fences, walkways, hedges, retaining and decorative walls, sprinkler system etc.)
Six sets of drawings are required and all drawings must meet the following specifications:
Excavation and installations which extend more than 1.2m measured from the surface of the adjoining boulevard are considered to be major landscaping (i.e. sidewalk reconstruction, tree planting, piling and shoring, basement entrances etc.)
A Permit Application together with a cover letter outlining the proposal and 12 sets of drawings are required. All drawings must meet the following specifications:
To avoid delays in the approval process, we recommend that you call us to have one copy of your plans reviewed prior to actually submitting your application.
Applications are subject to a non-refundable fee which must be paid when you submit your application. This fee varies depending on the landscaping project, and includes the cost of any permit and agreement that may be required. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding the fees which must accompany your application.Payment can be made by VISA, American Express, MasterCard, Interac, cash or cheque. All cheques must be made payable to the Treasurer, City of Toronto.All fees are subject to an annual inflationary increase based on the City’s User Fee Policy and change without prior notice.
|Fee Description||Fee Basis||Permit Fees||Additional Fee|
|Awnings, Canopy, Fire Escape||Per permit / agreement
|$610.71 + HST
$36.30 + HST
|Legal fees if applicable
|Projecting Canopy||Annual fee per sqm
Annual fee – min. charge
|$5.10 + HST
$7.58 + HST
|Administration, Survey and Inspection Fee||Per inspection||$94.29 + HST|
|Building Encroaching Upon a Street by Inadvertence (Structure less than 2.5 storeys)||Per permit||$1,037.44 + HST|
|Building Encroaching Upon a Street by Inadvertence (Structure more than 2.5 storeys)||Per permit||$1,508.96 + HST|
|Encroachments: Fences/ornamental and retaining walls over 0.9m, building projections, refacing walls, landscaping, streetscaping, areaways, tunnels, bridges and other openings, and for a project (Under $1 million)||Per permit / application / agreement||$610.71 + HST||Legal Fees if applicable|
|Encroachments: Fences/ornamental and retaining walls over 0.9m, building projections, refacing walls, landscaping, streetscaping, areaways, tunnels, bridges and other openings, and for a project (Over $1 million)||Per permit / application / agreement||$2,629.35 + HST||Legal Fees if applicable|
|Areaways, Tunnels, Bridges and Other Openings
(tunnels and bridges = market value if private use)
|Annual fee per sqm
Area 1: (downtown core)
Annual fee per sqm Area 2 (remainder of City)
Annual fee – min. charge
$33.94 + HST
$20.42 + HST
$13.53 + HST
|Excavate, dig up, tear up or remove soil of any street/sidewalk/curbing, pavement etc.||Per permit||$169.62 (No HST)||plus restoration costs, if any|
|Loading Zone & Entrance Protection||On time installation
Annual Fee (Loading Zone)
Annual Fee (Entrance Protection)
|$100.36 + HST
$100.36 + HST
|To Inspect a Marquee||Annual inspection fee||$37.77 + HST|
|Erect or Remove a Marquee||Per permit||$169.62 + HST|
|Maintain Telecommunication Cables: Connecting two buildings, lateral road crossings, etc.||Per application
Annual fee per lineal metre: Area 1: (downtown core)
Annual fee per lineal metre: Area 2: (remainder of city)
|$610.71 + HST
$34.63 + HST
$17.33 + HST
|Piling and Shoring used in building operations within the public right of way||Application fee
Inspection Fee per hour
|$4,240.93 + HST
$95.13 + HST
|Property Information Fee: Provide information on the status of a property with respect to agreement compliance/encroachments/licence/permits||Per property
|$133.47 (No HST)|
|Curb Cuts – New Access (No Encroachments): Permit for commercial/ industrial/residential (greater than 10 units)||Per permit||$882.10 (No HST)||plus construction cost of ramps depending on # of sidewalk bays|
|Curb Cuts – New Access (No Encroachments): Permit for residential (less than 10 units)||Per permit||$101.79 (No HST)||plus construction cost of ramps depending on # of sidewalk bays|
There is no fee for the permitted encroachments such as fences and retaining walls less than 0.9 metres in height above the travelled surface of the adjoining road, provided it complies with Municipal Code Chapter 743. For more information, please contact the office before starting the work within the public right of way.
The preservation and planting of street trees is crucial to the maintenance of healthy residential streetscapes and can play an important role in minimizing the effect of Front Yard, Driveway Widening and Boulevard Parking. To provide sufficient space for tree growth and planting, it is necessary to limit the amount of paving or impervious material such as concrete or interlocking brick used in front yards and on City boulevards.Increased use of pervious materials will provide greater water infiltration to support trees and vegetation, in addition to diverting rainflow from the sewer system.It is also important to consolidate tree planting areas to create places for trees to grow to maturity.
Paving in proximity to City trees must comply with the following specifications contained in Municipal Code Chapter 813: and the City’s Specifications for Construction Near Trees:
|Trunk Diameter (DBH)*||Minimum Protection Distance Required**|
|< 10 cm||1.2 m|
|10 – 29 cm||1.8 m|
|30 – 40 cm||2.4 m|
|41 – 50 cm||3.0 m|
|51 – 60 cm||3.6 m|
|61 – 70 cm||4.2 m|
|71 – 80 cm||4.8 m|
|81 – 90 cm||5.4 m|
|91 – 100 cm||6.0 m|
|over 100 cm||6 cm protection for each 1 cm diameter|
* Diameter at breast height (DBH) measurement of tree trunk taken at 1.4 metres above ground.** Tree Protection Zone distances are to be measured from the outside edge of the tree base.