Tree removal permits have a 2:1 replacement tree requirement (hedges are 1 tree per every 4m of hedge). See our updated replacement tree list. Replacement trees must be planted 6 months after permit has been issued.
Private Property Tree Planting
Planting trees on private property is an important contribution to our urban forest which provides us all with a number of economic, social, and environmental benefits for now, and for the future. The most effective way to grow a healthy urban forest is to plant the right tree in the right place.
All replacement tree locations and species shall be approved by a City Arborist before planting.
Size and Species
All replacements shall meet the following the criteria:
- Be at least 3cm caliper; 5-6cm is optimal. Caliper is the diameter of a tree measured 15cm from the top of the root ball
- Reach a minimum height of 5m (20ft) at maturity – approximately 25 years of age
- No weeping, dwarf, hedge, or palm species or varieties
- No fruit-bearing species such as apple, pear, plum, cherry, and peach
*We are currently not accepting Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) as an approved replacement tree as this species currently makes up 40% of new trees planted on private property
Trees can be selected off of our Replacement tree list - if there is a tree you are wanting to plant that is not on our list please call or email us to confirm.
Spacing and Planting Requirements
Replacement trees shall be planted on the site where trees are removed, and be located at least:
- 1m from all property lines, retaining walls, and underground utilities
- 2m from overhead utility lines and power poles
- 2m from hardscaped and impermeable surfaces (unless root barrier installed)
- 3m from any other tree, principle dwelling, or detached secondary dwelling
Please refer to the ‘Trees Are Good’ pamphlet here for additional details on proper planting techniques, timing, and tips.