Natural gardens have environmental benefits and create a habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

  • They contain native and non-native plants. They don’t contain overgrown plants or invasive weeds.
  • If you would like to have your natural garden considered for a permit, a City horticulturalist will visit and inspect the garden and work with you to meet the standards.
  • There is no cost to submit this application.

There are three Municipal Licensing & Standards district offices that can answer questions and accept your application in person or by mail.

Central District
433 Eastern Avenue, Building B, 1st  Floor; Toronto, ON M4M 1B7
Email Address:
Phone: 416-397-4150
Wards serviced: 4 Parkdale-High Park, 9 Davenport, 10 Spadina-Fort York, 11 University-Rosedale, 12 Toronto-St. Paul’s, 13 Toronto Centre, 14 Toronto-Danforth, 19 Beaches-East York

West District
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, The North Block, 3rd floor; Toronto, ON M9C 2Y2
Email Address:
Phone: 416-394-2550
Wards serviced: 1 Etobicoke North, 2 Etobicoke Centre, 3 Etobicoke-Lakeshore, 5 York South-Weston, 6 York Centre, 7 Humber River-Black Creek, 8 Eglinton-Lawrence

East District
Scarborough Civic Centre, 1530 Markham Road, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON  M1B 3G4
Email Address:
Phone: 416-396-4166
Wards served: 15 Don Valley West, 16 Don Valley East, 17 Don Valley North, 18 Willowdale, 20 Scarborough Southwest, 21 Scarborough Centre, 22 Scarborough-Agincourt, 23 Scarborough North, 24 Scarborough-Guildwood, 25 Scarborough-Rouge Park

To determine which office services your area, enter your address here.  Otherwise, you may contact 311 for assistance.

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A natural garden:

  • is designed to have environmental benefits and may create a habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
  • is managed within a certain boundary and may contain both native and non-native plants.
  • does not contain overgrown plants or invasive weeds.

Recommended plants for your natural garden include:

  • Monarda (Bergamot, Bee balm)
  • Rudebeckia
  • Foamflower (Tiarella)
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Serviceberry
  • Cardinal flower

Map of approved natural gardens in Toronto.