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Private Tree Protection

Private Tree Protection By-law

The Private Tree Protection By-law (0254-2012) protects and enhances Mississauga’s existing tree cover while respecting a landowner’s right to make changes to the landscape of their property in an environmentally responsible manner.

Whether you are a homeowner, a business owner or a developer wishing to remove trees from private property, you must comply with the Private Tree Protection By-law.

Removing Trees on Private Property

When You Need a Permit

You only need a permit to remove trees on your private property if you are removing three or more trees 15 cm (6 inches) or greater in diameter, including dead and/or dying trees, per calendar year.

Replacement trees are required when removing three or more healthy trees. The City will collect a replacement tree deposit before approving a tree removal permit.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you own a tree that borders City property, you may request a tree ownership inspection.

How to Apply for a Permit

Complete the Tree Permit Application Form and submit it along with supporting documents to Parks & Forestry.

By mail:
Parks & Forestry Division
PO Box 1850, Station B
Mississauga ON L4Y 3W6

In person:
Parks & Forestry Customer Service Counter
950 Burnhamthorpe Rd W
Weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

What Happens Next

  • We will contact you after we’ve received your application.
  • Application processing times vary. Please contact 3-1-1 (or 905-615-4311 from outside City limits).

Fees

A tree removal permit in 2017 costs $393 for the first three healthy trees plus $89 for each additional healthy tree.

No fee is required for trees that are verified as dead, dying or hazardous. However, a permit is still required if you are removing three or more trees per calendar year.

Replacement Trees

If you’re removing three or more healthy trees on your property, you must replace them each with new trees according to the guidelines that follow:

  • If you remove a healthy tree with a diameter that is 49 cm or less, one replacement tree is required.
  • If you remove a healthy tree with a diameter of 50 cm or greater, two replacement trees are required.
  • Replacement trees must be at least 1.8 m tall if coniferous or at least 6 cm in diameter if deciduous.

Replacement Tree Deposit

For each healthy tree removed in association with an tree permit, you will need to pay a replacement tree deposit based on the type of tree removed.

  • Each deciduous tree removed in 2017 requires the submission of a $522.75 replacement tree deposit.
  • Each coniferous tree removed in 2017 requires the submission of a $549.90 replacement tree deposit.

One year after replacement trees have been planted, you may call 3-1-1 (or 905-615-4311 from outside City limits) to request an inspection in order to receive a refund of your deposit.

You can pay your deposit in person at the Parks & Forestry Customer Service Counter at 950 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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