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 burlington.ca/privatetree and on the City's social media. If you're looking for more information, including the online application form, go to burlington.ca/privatetree .