Trees on Private Property

Tree in Backyard
Tree​s on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. If you live in a new subdivision, check your property assumption status here. Tree care on unassumed properties is the responsibility of the developer or builder. 

Tree Removal


The City of Brampton is committed to maintaining a healthy urban forest. That means protecting the trees on both public and private property. The City's Tree Preservation By-law provides clear guidelines on the circumstances under which trees on private property may or may not be removed, and when a permit is required. Before having a tree removed, be sure to notify the Urban Forestry department. ​

Download the Application to Injure or​ Destroy Trees on Private Land here.
Download the Application to Injure or​ Destroy Trees within a Woodlot here.
 

A permit from the City is not required to remove a tree that: 

  • is ​located within 2 metres (6 feet 6 inches) of an occupied building, or
  • has a diameter of less than 30 centimetres (12 inches) when measured at 1.37 metres height from the ground.
     

     

Dead Trees

When a tree is dead or otherwise hazardous it must be removed. If a dead tree is left to stand for too long, the structural wood supporting the tree’s weight begins to decay, and the tree becomes a hazard. As trees become weaker, they also becomes more dangerous to remove safely. Ash trees in Brampton have a significantly shorter life span due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation.

Property owners may receive letters from the City reminding them of the requirement to remove their dead trees. Owners will be given 60 days to secure a qualified arborist and have the trees removed. Those who do not remove dead trees within that timeframe may be issued an Order to Comply​ from Property Standards, which would have a mandatory completion date.

Tips for property owners:
 
  • Before having a tree removed, notify the Urban Forestry department.
  • Under the Tree Preservation By-law, a permit is required when removing a tree that is more than 30 cm in diameter.
  • Hire a qualified arborist. Do not attempt to remove large dead trees yourself, as this is extremely dangerous.
  • Consider obtaining two or three quotes from a qualified arborist to ensure you are getting the best value.
 

Tree Planting


Consider planting a tree on your property to
 help Brampton reach its goal of one million new trees by 2040.​ There a number of resources to help you learn and get started: 
 
 

 

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