Tree Cutting Permit: Public Lands
A Public Lands Tree Cutting Permit is required before any tree work can be done on public lands or parks. For information on tree cutting permits for boulevards, visit Tree Cutting Permit: Boulevards.
Tree work is described in the following categories:
- low-impact – single tree pruning, for example, re-topping a hedge
- medium-impact – for example, tree removal (small trees) or pruning multiple trees
- high-impact – removal of large tree or multiple trees
Before submitting your Public Lands Tree Cutting Permit Application for tree work on public land, you will need to:
- find a tree contractor from the list provided
- obtain a quote and scope of work and include this in your application package. The proposed work should be to ANSI standards.
- obtain neighbourhood approval. Contact your neighbours within a 30-metre radius for low-impact work, 50-metre radius for medium-impact work, or 150-metre radius for high-impact work, and have them sign the neighbourhood consent form. A minimum of 80 per cent of your neighbours needs to approve to work before you can submit your application.
Complete the application form:
a. clearly define the proposed scope of work and include your quote from the tree contractor
b. include a sketch or legal plan indicating legal ownership of the trees
c. tag all trees being considered for work for inspection by the Parks Department
d. include the signed consent forms you obtained from your neighbours. Eighty percent consent is required to submit your application, if you cannot contact a resident, the District will send a second notification to ensure that all neighbours have been given a chance to comment