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Removing trees on private property

If you must remove trees on private property, you need to comply with the Private Tree Protection By-law.

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 or dying trees, per calendar year.

Apply for a tree removal permit

If you need a tree removal permit, complete the tree permit application form and provide any supporting documents or drawings that are required, such as locations of the trees, an arborist report and a replanting plan.

Tree permit cost

A permit and base permit fee is required if you are removing three or more trees that are 15 cm (6 inches) or greater. There is no base fee or additional fees required if you are applying to remove trees that are dead, dying or hazardous.

You must submit the base permit fee of $490.87 (includes HST) with your application. After your application is reviewed, the fee for each additional healthy tree to be removed that is 15 cm (6 inches) or greater is $110.84 (includes HST).

Submit your application

You can mail your application form, supporting documents, and fees to:

Parks and Forestry Division
PO Box 1850, Station B
Mississauga ON L4Y 3W6

The Parks and Forestry Customer Service Counter at 950 Burnhamthorpe Road West is currently closed. You can submit your application through the dropbox located directly in front of the building, near the delivery area.

If a certified arborist has signed off on the application for an Ash or dead tree removal, you have the option to submit your tree permit application by email to

How long it takes

The City has 30 days to review your complete application from the date it’s received.

Replacement trees

If you’re removing three or more healthy trees on your property, replacement trees are required for each tree removed.

A tree replacement security deposit is required to make sure that replacement trees are planted on private property.. The amount will be determined by the City. If there’s no space for replacement trees on private property, you must pay to plant replacement trees on City property.

The requirements for replacement tree planting are:

  • 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 (leaves) tree
  • One replacement tree is required if a healthy tree was removed that was 0 to 49 cm.
  • Two replacement trees are required if a healthy tree removed is 50 cm or greater.

If the replacement tree is healthy one year after being planted, your deposit will be refunded.

Deposit refunds

To get your deposit refunded, call 311 (or 905-615-4311 from outside City limits) one year after you’ve planted the replacement trees. We’ll schedule an inspection of the new trees before refunding your deposit.