Brampton Tree Removal By-Laws

Many cities have by-laws that require property owners to obtain a permit to destroy or remove a tree. In Brampton, you can remove a tree only if the city approves of it. Several factors determine proper tree removal in the city, including death, disease, interference with the city infrastructure, and damage beyond salvage. Read on to learn more about Brampton tree removal by-laws.

Brampton Tree Preservation By-Law.

Brampton city enacted its Tree Preservation By-law 1 to promote its commitment to keeping a healthy urban forest. This by-law outlines the circumstances under which people may remove trees on private property and when they need to obtain a permit 2.

You must apply for a permit before destroying or injuring a tree situated at least two meters from an occupied building and with a DBH (diameter at breast height) of at least 30 centimeters or 12 inches. The city recommends that you hire a certified arborist to remove large trees to avoid any dangerous situations.

There are a few exemptions to this by-law. You may not need a permit to remove a tree located within two meters or about 6.5 feet of an occupied building. Removing a tree with a DBH of less than 30 centimeters also doesn’t require a permit.

Brampton Woodlot Conservation By-Law

Brampton City enacted its Woodlot Conservation By-law 3 to protect and preserve woodlands or woodlots within the city’s geographic limits. You’ll need a permit 4 to make alterations to a woodlot or woodland outside of the formal development approval process.
According to the city, a woodlot is a parcel of land with an area of at least 0.2 hectares and has:

  • 200 trees per 0.2 hectare
  • 150 trees, each measuring at least five centimeters, per 0.2 hectare
  • 100 trees, each measuring at least 12 centimeters, per 0.2 hectare
  • 50 trees, each measuring at least 20 centimeters, per 0.2 hectare

This by-law exempts the following areas:

  • Nut orchard or cultivated fruit
  • Plantations established to produce nursery stock or Christmas trees

To encourage the implementation of acceptable forestry practices when removing trees in a woodlot, you must include a Silvicultural Prescription with your permit application. A Silvicultural Prescription is a site-specific plan outlining the long-term woodlot management goals.

Dead Trees Removal in Brampton

You must remove dead or high-risk trees as soon as possible. The tree can decay and become weaker over time, posing more danger to life and property. Also, the weaker a tree is, the more dangerous it is to remove.

Brampton City usually sends letters to property owners reminding them of the requirement to remove dead trees on their property and typically gives 60 days for property owners to find a certified arborist to remove the trees. If you don’t remove your dead trees within the specified timeframe, Property Standards may issue you with an Order to Comply, which often has a mandatory completion date.

It’s crucial to comply with Brampton tree removal by-laws. Violating the by-laws is an offense subject to penalties of up to $100,000.

For more information on Brampton tree removal, give us a call at (647) 372-1003.