Private Tree Bylaw now in effect for Burlington

Tuesday Jan 28th, 2020


The City of Burlington has announced that effective today, home owners will need to apply for a permit and on-site consultation to remove trees larger than 20 cm in diameter and 1.4 m from the ground. This rule also apply's if you are looking to remove more than five trees between 10 and 20 cm measured at 1.4 m from the ground in a calendar year. 

This is in hopes to battle climate change through preserving and growing the City's tree canopy. In addition to preservation, the City is going to be assembling a private task force with the hope of creating a incentive program for homeowners to plant trees on their private property. While all the details are not fully ready to be released the City says ' the incentive program is still being finalized and will be shared once ready.'

The fees for the permit are as followed: 

Tree Permit, Development Related Application: $680/property

Tree Permit, Non-Development Related Application: $390/property

If you get caught for chopping down a tree with out holding a permit you're looking at a whopping $680/tree

The City has a public information session being planned to help educate residents and homeowners on the bylaw. When details are available, it will be posted at and on the City's social media. If you're looking for more information, including the online application form, go to .

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