Richmond Hill Tree Removal By-Laws
Richmond Hill Tree Preservation By-Law
Richmond Hill’s Tree Preservation By-law Number 41-07 1 aims to regulate tree removal on private property. This by-law prohibits you from injuring or removing a tree with a DBH (diameter at breast height) of at least 20 centimeters without a permit. However, there are a few exceptions.
You may not need a permit to remove a tree with a DBH of less than 20 centimeters, and the removal of a dead, diseased, or high-risk tree also doesn’t require a permit.
This by-law also exempts trees on development sites. The site plan submission usually includes the Tree Inventory and Preservations plans approved by the Parks and Natural Heritage Planning.
Even though you don’t need a permit, you still need to submit a certified Arborist Certificate to the Parks and Natural Heritage Planning to remove dead, diseased, or high-risk trees.
Application for Richmond Hill Tree Removal Permit
The first step to obtaining a tree removal permit is to complete the Application for a Permit to Injure or Destroy (a) Tree(s) on Private Property 2 form. You should fill out this form after obtaining a certified arborist report on the trees you plan to remove.
Other essential requirements for the application include:
- Your name, address, and telephone number
- The reason for seeking the permit
- The non-refundable permit application fee
Once you complete your application, you can mail it to the Parks and Natural Heritage Planning department in the Municipal Offices at 225 East Beaver Creek Road, 3rd Floor, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P4. You may also opt to drop off your application in person.
The city will review your application and decide whether to issue a permit and impose any conditions on an issued permit.
The decision to issue a permit depends on several factors, including:
- The tree species
- The tree condition
- The tree location
- The conservation of ecological systems and their functions
- The tree’s cultural heritage value
- Impacts to surrounding properties, including privacy and loss of shade
Regulation of Constructions Near Trees
If you live in a new subdivision or infill lot, Richmond Hill or the subdivision’s developer may conduct tree planting. The city often initiates new tree plantings. The process starts by inspecting the subdivisions or infill lots for possible tree planting in December or January for spring planting and July or August for fall planting.
Richmond Hill Tree Removal By-Laws Enforcement
If you violate any section of Richmond Hill Tree Preservation By-Law, you’re guilty of an offence and subject to a fine of at least $300 for a first infraction. Any subsequent violation will attract a fine of at least $500 and up to $10,000. Be sure to comply with this by-law to avoid an expensive penalty.
- The Corporation of The Town of Richmond Hill, Tree Permit By-Law Number 41-07, Town of Richmond Hill
- Application for a Permit to Injure or Destroy (a) Tree(s) on Private Property, Town of Richmond Hill