The removal of dead trees from City lands is an ongoing project due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation and damage from the 2013 ice storm. Crews continue to work on removing these trees as quickly as possible.
However, there are large dead trees on many private properties in Brampton. Starting in August 2016, we will be sending letters to these property owners, reminding them of the requirement to have the trees removed.
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.
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 -- and more expensive – to remove safely. All dead trees in public spaces have been inspected, temporarily pruned and made safe in the short term until they can be removed.
Tips for property owners having trees removed
- Hire a qualified arborist. Do NOT attempt to remove large dead trees yourself, as this is extremely dangerous. Consider obtaining two ro three quotes to ensure you are getting the best value.
- Before having a tree removed, notify the City. Under the City’s Tree Preservation By-law, a permit is required when removing a privately-owned tree that is more than 30 cm in diameter.
- You do NOT need a permit to remove an ash tree, because of EAB, but The City’s Urban Forestry section should also be notified before the tree is removed.