Trees that are on land owned by the Town, including trees in boulevard between the curb and a private property line, are protected by the Public Tree Protection By-law.
Town-owned trees are occasionally injured or removed. This may be done by the Town to remove an unhealthy tree, or with the Town's permission by a resident or developer to allow for a change to a private property. In order to ensure that Town-owned trees are protected and that requests to injure or remove them are evaluated consistently, Council approved the Public Tree Protection By-law regulating the injury and removal of Town-owned trees (By-law 2017-59):
- Prohibits the injury or removal of any Town-owned trees
- Establishes a permit process to review requests to injure or remove Town-owned trees
- Requires compensation for any trees that the Town allows to be injured or removed
- Creates offences and fines for which anyone injuring or removing Town-owned trees without a permit
Public Tree Health Concerns
Public (Municipal) Tree Removal