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Laws Regarding Tree Removal

Tree removal is an important part of keeping a great landscape. Not only do some trees affect the look of your landscape, but they can also get old and carry diseases that may affect other trees in the area or pose a safety risk for you and your family.

Yet there are laws that protect trees from being removed. In Toronto, for example, there are several laws that Toronto legislation has introduced to ensure that tree removal is done legally. Before removing certain types of trees, you need to get a permit.

Tree Diameter and Additional Factors

The current Private Tree Protection law requires permits be provided to all of those removing a tree with a diameter of more than 30 cm (or 1ft) at roughly 1.4 meters above the ground. If your tree is measured and found to be 30 centimeters or more in diameter, you need to get a permit. If you’re unsure about the diameter of your tree, the best thing you can do is use a tape measure to measure the circumference of the tree, then divide that number by 3.14 (pi). Those outside of Toronto will want to see if their specific city has its own tree removal laws. A situation in which you may not have to get a permit is when your tree is completely dead, dangerously compromised, or terminally diseased.

How to Get a Permit

If you choose to work with Greenbloom Landscaping, we do all of the work for you, including filing for relevant permits and removing the tree. If you would prefer to do it yourself, you can get a permit by sending in a tree removal application to the district office, along with a fee. You will also need to complete an arborist report. Only by completing all of the paperwork can you legally remove the tree. If you would rather a trained expert complete all of those tasks for you at an affordable cost, contact Greenbloom Landscaping.

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