Natural Garden Exemption
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.
433 Eastern Avenue, Building B, 1st Floor; Toronto, ON M4M 1B7
Email Address: MLSCentral@toronto.ca
Wards serviced: 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, The North Block, 3rd floor; Toronto, ON M9C 2Y2
Email Address: MLSWest@toronto.ca
Wards serviced: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Scarborough Civic Centre, 1530 Markham Road, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M1B 3G4
Email Address: MLSEast@toronto.ca
Wards served: 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
To determine which office services your area, enter your address here. Otherwise, you may contact 311 for assistance.
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)
- Foamflower (Tiarella)
- Purple Coneflower
- Cardinal flower
Map of approved natural gardens in Toronto.