Do I Need a Permit to Remove a Tree in Brampton?

The answer is yes, you do need a tree removal permit Toronto. Significant trees in the city and private properties are protected under the Municipal Code, Chapter 813. This is the Tree Protection By-law. According to the by-law, you need to obtain a permit if you wish to remove, injure or cut down a tree that has a diameter of more than 30 cm (12 inches). The diameter of the tree must be taken at 1.4 meters (4.5 feet) above ground level. This applies to trees on all properties including single family residential properties. Trees of all diameters on private properties within the Ravine Protection Areas of the City of Toronto are protected under provisions of the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 658, Ravines.

Tree Removal Permit

There are certain conditions that exempt a private owner from having to apply for a tree removal permit. Some of the exemptions include the following:

  • Tree is located two meters from an occupied building
  • Your tree has a diameter of less than 30 centimeters; measured 1.37 meters from the ground
  • Injury of the tree is necessary for emergency work

To get more details on tree removal in Brampton you need to refer to the Tree Conservation By-Law 317-2012 here.

Alternatively, you can contact the Urban Forestry department at the 311 if you need any clarification on the tree removal requirements in Brampton.
If the tree on your property doesn’t meet the criteria for an exemption, then you will need to submit an application for a tree removal permit. The application should be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of $50. You need to submit the application to the city of Brampton.

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Exceptions By The By-Law

Cheques are accepted and need to be payable to The Corporation of the City of Brampton. If you are paying the fee in person, you can pay using any of these methods: cash, Amex, debit, Visa, and MasterCard. The address of The Corporation of the City of Brampton is at:

  • Service Brampton Center

    2 Wellington Street West
    Brampton, Ontario
    L6Y 4R2

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Application Fees

A processing fee is required when applying for the tree removal permit. The non-refundable fee is $150 for the first tree. For every additional tree that you want to remove, the fee will be $50 each. The maximum fee is $400.

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Removal Of a Tree in Brampton

Upon submitting an application for a tree removal permit Brampton, applicants are required to allow up to 30 business days for the application to be processed. If the application is for a shared or neighboring tree/trees, then applications must be received from both property owners.

Brampton is committed to maintaining a healthy urban forest. This means the by-law is designed to protect the trees in the parks, private property, and public spaces. The by-law offers clear guidelines on circumstances under which a tree on private and public property can be removed.

All in all, it is important to note that in addition to the aforementioned exemptions, you will not be required to apply for a tree removal permit if you wish to remove cultivated fruit or nut orchards or plantations that have been established for the sole purpose of producing Christmas trees and nursery stocks. The by-law does not extend to these.

The removal of a tree in Brampton requires that you get the appropriate permit. In addition to that, it is your duty to find the best tree removal service. You will be liable for any damage that may occur during a tree removal.

You can download an application here.

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