All trees situated on City streets are protected under the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 813, Article ll, also known as Street Tree Protection By-law. No objects shall be attached to a tree, including decorative lights without the prior written approval of the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation.
Tree protection policies and specifications have been developed to protect and preserve city trees. Anyone failing to adhere to the tree protection policies and specifications will be financially responsible for any resulting damage to trees and may be charged under the provisions of the applicable City of Toronto tree by-law.
Urban Forestry maintains City trees in accordance with City standards at no cost to residents. The service delivery may take up to 8 months as clearing hazards after a storm is the highest priority.
Contracting an Arborist to Maintain City-Owned Street Trees
If an owner of a private property that is located adjacent to the City tree wishes to have the required work completed sooner than scheduled, they may apply for permission to have an arborist complete the work at their cost.
Permission is required for any tree maintenance work, including minor pruning, tree planting and integrated pest management. Fax the complete application to Urban Forestry Data Management Centre, at 416-392-1915.
Permission may be applied for using this application form and providing all required information, including (but not limited to) the following:
If you are in the process of obtaining a Permit to Injure or Remove a tree under Street Tree Bylaw, Municipal Code, Chapter 813, II, the Permission would not be required, however, you would still be required to complete the Agreement for Arborists Retained by Private Property Owners to Undertake Work on City Trees and the Certificate of Insurance. You will submit these documents to the Planner in Tree Protection and Plan Review section of Urban Forestry that is reviewing your permit application