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: MLSCentral@toronto.ca
Phone: 416-397-4150
Wards serviced: 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19

West District
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, The North Block, 3rd floor; Toronto, ON M9C 2Y2
Email Address: MLSWest@toronto.ca
Phone: 416-394-2550
Wards serviced: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

East District
Scarborough Civic Centre, 1530 Markham Road, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON  M1B 3G4
Email Address: MLSEast@toronto.ca
Phone: 416-396-4166
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.

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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.