Frequently asked questions dealing with Urban Forestry in Mississauga.
Is the tree in front of my house on City property or private
Answer: City trees are usually located on the boulevard, which is the piece of
grass between the sidewalk and the road. If there is no sidewalk, a tree inspection must be
requested from the Forestry Unit at 3-1-1 (905-615-4311 outside city limits) to determine tree
Who do I contact if there is a problem with the tree in front of my
Answer: Tree service requests can be directed to the following number, 3-1-1
(905-615-4311 outside city limits). Q:Why did the Forestry crew working next door refused to
work on the City tree in front of my house? A: A Forestry Inspector must investigate all
requests before any work can take place to verify the ownership of the tree and to ensure that
all issues regarding the tree are addressed and documented.
What maintenance am I allowed to perform on my City tree?
Answer: Regular watering in the summer is all that is required. All other
maintenance required should be forwarded to the Urban Forestry Section at 3-1-1 (905-615-4311
outside city limits). OR Please refer to our Tree Care Information page.
My neighbour has a private tree that's causing problem for us, can the City do
anything about it?
Answer: Unfortunately as a civil issue, the Urban Forestry Unit cannot get
involved in regard to private tree issues. It is the responsibility of the owner and any
problems with it should be discussed with them or referred to the City's By-law Department at
3-1-1 (905-615-4311 outside city limits).
What do the orange markings on trees mean?
Answer: An X orange mark on the trunk of a City tree means that it will be
removed. An orange circle or dot means that maintenance work will be completed on the tree.
What does a green T on the curb mean?
Answer: This symbol signifies that a replacement tree will be planted on the
The tree in front of my house has a bees' nest in it, will the City remove
Answer: The Urban Forestry Unit is not responsible for removing bees' nests
from trees. The Animal Services Section should be contacted instead at 3-1-1 (905-615-4311
outside city limits).
I trimmed my private tree, will the City come by and chip up my
Answer: No. It is the sole responsibility of the owner to maintain and clean
up after their private tree. However, the Region of Peel Garbage Collection Unit should be able
to pick tree debris up as long as the limbs are cut up into small pieces and bundled up and
placed along the curb. For more information on waste disposal, please visit their website at www.region.peel.on.ca
When does stump removal take place?
Answer: Stump removals usually take place within 12 months. However,
scheduling is based on weather conditions and volume of stumps to remove.
Is there a cost associated with having a tree planted or replaced?
Answer: Replacement trees or infills are planted at no cost to the residents. Home
owners in new subdivisions, however, may find that there is a tree-related charge on the
closing purchase of their new home. For further information, please refer to the Street Tree
Planting Section page.
How should I care for my new tree?
Answer: Please refer to our Tree Care Information page.
When do I need to get a Tree Permit?
Answer: A tree permit is required where in a calendar year five (5) or more
trees each with a diameter of greater than 15 cm (6 in) are to be injured or removed
(destroyed) on a lot. For more information, please refer to the Private Tree By-law
Do I need to get a permit to trim my tree?
Answer: No. Please refer to the Private Tree By-law section for more