You are not allowed to injure, prune or remove public trees on City property. If you must injure, remove or do construction work near public trees, you’ll need a permit. These details are outlined in the Public Tree Protection By-law.
If you must remove trees on private property, you need to comply with the Private Tree Protection By-law. You need a permit to remove trees on your private property if you’re removing one or more trees 15 cm (6 inches) or greater in diameter, including dead or dying trees.
Both by-laws help preserve, protect and enhance the urban canopy as trees improve soil and water conservation, store carbon, provide shade, regulate temperature extremes and increase wildlife habitat.
If you need a tree 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. Arborist Reports are not required for dead trees.
When reviewing a tree permit application, the City takes into consideration many factors. Some of the most common criteria include but aren’t limited to:
We recommend that you consult with a certified arborist to ensure your trees are healthy and safe.
A permit and non-refundable base permit fee is required if you are:
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 non-refundable base permit fee of $333.47 plus HST with your application. After your application is reviewed, the fee to remove each additional healthy tree that is 15 cm (6 inches) or greater or public tree is $116.55 plus HST.
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 on private property, you have the option to submit your tree permit application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A photograph of the Ash or dead tree is required.
The City has 30 business days to review your complete application from the date it’s received.
If you’re removing one or more trees 15 cm (6 inches) or greater on your property or proposing to remove a tree on City 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 replacement tree fee for public trees will be determined by the City.
The requirements for replacement tree planting are:
If the replacement tree on private property is healthy one year after being planted, your deposit will be refunded.
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.