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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.

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 including the base fee if applicable 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

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.

Fees associated with healthy trees can be found in the Forestry Fees and Charges document. Fees include a base permit fee for the first three trees being removed, a fee for any additional trees and security and replacement fees.

All fees are non-refundable.

Replacement Trees

If you’re removing three or more healthy trees on your property, replacement trees are required for each tree removed. You can plant a replacement tree yourself on your property based on the criteria below or you are required to pay a predetermined fee for a tree to be planted on City property by City staff.

If you choose to replace the tree(s) yourself, replacement trees must be at least 1.8 m tall if it’s a coniferous (evergreen) tree or at least 6 cm in diameter if it’s a deciduous (leafy) tree. A healthy tree that is 49 cm or less must be replaced by one tree. If a healthy tree is 50 cm or greater in diameter, it must be replaced by two trees.

A deposit valued at the cost of a replacement tree is required for one year after the tree is planted. If the replacement tree is healthy one year after being planted, your deposit will be refunded.

To get your deposit refunded, call 3-1-1 (or 905-615-4311 from outside City limits) one year after you’ve planted the replacement trees. We will schedule an inspection of the new trees before refunding your deposit.

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