Citizen Action Lab - Private Tree Bylaw

Tree canopy

Welcome to the Citizen Action Lab - Private Tree Bylaw page on Get Involved, Burlington.

Thanks to everyone that provided input on this project.

Burlington City Council has approved a City-Wide Private Tree Bylaw.

Public Information Sessions

Public information sessions are being planned to help educate residents and homeowners about the new bylaw. When details are confirmed, information will be posted on burlington.ca/privatetree, on the City’s social media as well as other methods. We will also provide information on the Get Involved Burlington site.

Welcome to the Citizen Action Lab - Private Tree Bylaw page on Get Involved, Burlington.

Thanks to everyone that provided input on this project.

Burlington City Council has approved a City-Wide Private Tree Bylaw.

Public Information Sessions

Public information sessions are being planned to help educate residents and homeowners about the new bylaw. When details are confirmed, information will be posted on burlington.ca/privatetree, on the City’s social media as well as other methods. We will also provide information on the Get Involved Burlington site.

  • Private Tree Bylaw Public Information Sessions

    20 days ago

    The City of Burlington is hosting a series of public information sessions to help residents and businesses learn about the newly adopted Private Tree Bylaw. The information sessions will be held in various parts of the City at both afternoon and evening times to better accommodate people’s schedules.

    Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020
    Appleby Ice Centre, Community Room 1
    1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
    Central Arena, Auditorium
    1 to 3 p.m.

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
    Burlington Seniors’ Centre,
    ...

    The City of Burlington is hosting a series of public information sessions to help residents and businesses learn about the newly adopted Private Tree Bylaw. The information sessions will be held in various parts of the City at both afternoon and evening times to better accommodate people’s schedules.

    Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020
    Appleby Ice Centre, Community Room 1
    1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
    Central Arena, Auditorium
    1 to 3 p.m.

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
    Burlington Seniors’ Centre, Freeman and Indian Point Rooms
    7 to 9 p.m.

    Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
    Aldershot Arena, Community Room
    7 to 9 p.m.

    Registration is not necessary. Presentation and Q&A will begin 15-minutes after start-times.

    The sessions will cover when a permit is required, when it is not, replacement trees and costs. Participants will also be able to ask questions to Forestry staff.

    About the Private Tree Bylaw

    As of Jan. 27, 2020, anyone within the City’s urban boundary will need to apply online for a permit and on-site consultation to remove a tree greater than 20 cm in diameter (8”) measured at 1.4 m from the ground, or if you would like to remove more than five trees between 10 and 20 cm (4-8”) measured at 1.4 m from the ground in a calendar year. Heritage trees and endangered species are also protected.






  • New Rules as of January 27, 2020 - Removal of Trees

    28 days ago

    The City of Burlington is taking exciting and important steps to battle climate change through preserving and growing the City’s tree canopy. As of Jan. 27, 2020, anyone within the City’s urban boundary will need to apply for a permit and on-site consultation to remove a tree greater than 20 cm in diameter (8”) measured at 1.4 m from the ground, or if you would like to remove more than five trees between 10 and 20 cm (4-8”) measured at 1.4 m from the ground in a calendar year. Heritage trees and endangered species are also protected.

    ...

    The City of Burlington is taking exciting and important steps to battle climate change through preserving and growing the City’s tree canopy. As of Jan. 27, 2020, anyone within the City’s urban boundary will need to apply for a permit and on-site consultation to remove a tree greater than 20 cm in diameter (8”) measured at 1.4 m from the ground, or if you would like to remove more than five trees between 10 and 20 cm (4-8”) measured at 1.4 m from the ground in a calendar year. Heritage trees and endangered species are also protected.

    Permits are also needed for any activity that may injure or damage a tree.

    The permit application can be found online at burlington.ca/privatetree.

    A private tree task-force is being assembled with a goal of creating an incentive program for homeowners to plant trees on their private property. Details of the task-force and the incentive program are still being finalized and will be shared once ready.

    To read the full bylaw, including information on permits, protected trees, exemptions and fines, visit Burlington.ca/PrivateTree.

    When do I need a permit?

    Property owners will need to apply for a Tree Removal Permit when removing:

    • A tree greater than 20 cm diameter measured at 1.4 m from the ground
    • More than five trees between 10 and 20 cm measured at 1.4 m from the ground
    • Any size of tree that is a designated Heritage Tree*
    • Any size of endangered, at risk, or threatened tree species*
    • If the tree is dead**
    • If the tree is diseased with no chance of recovery**
    • If the tree is within 2 m of an occupied dwelling**

    * Additional permits and regulations apply

    **Permit is still required; fees and compensation are waived.

    When do I not need a permit?

    • Removing trees of less than 20 cm in diameter measured at 1.4 m above the ground (no more than four per year)
    • Tree maintenance (pruning)
    • For emergency work, such as utility repairs
    • Trees at high-risk of injuring a person or damaging property
    • If the tree is located in a nursery or orchard
    • If the tree is an invasive species*

    Replacement Trees

    Trees that are injured or removed under the Tree Removal Permit will need to be replaced. The tree’s diameter, measured at 1.4 m above ground, as well as the overall condition rating will impact the total number of cm required to be replaced. Generally, one replacement tree is required for every 10 cm diameter removed. The on-site consultation will determine measurements and replacements.

    If there is no room for the replacement trees to be planted on the property, there will be a charge of $400 per replacement tree. This money will be used toward the Private Tree Incentive Program where private homeowners will be encouraged to plant trees on their property.

    Fees and Fines

    • Tree Permit, Development Related Application: $680/property
    • Tree Permit, Non-Development Related Application: $390/property
    • Cash-in-Lieu of Replacement Compensation (Cash-in-Lieu): $400/tree
    • Private Tree Bylaw fine: $680/tree

    Public Information Sessions

    Public information sessions are being planned to help educate residents and homeowners about the bylaw. When details are confirmed, information will be posted on burlington.ca/privatetree, on the City’s social media as well as other methods.

    For more information, including the online application form, go to burlington.ca/privatetree.







  • City-wide Private Tree By-law Implementation Update Report - Jan. 13

    about 1 month ago

    Report RPF-18-19 was submitted to the Committee of the Whole meeting on December 2nd, and later at council on December 16th, included recommendations for the approval of a City-wide private tree bylaw.

    Through discussion at both Committee and Council meetings, two staff directions were received: 1) Defer discussion of the rural/agricultural classification to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee meeting of January 13, 2020.

    2) Defer discussion regarding cash in-lieu to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee meeting of January 13, 2020. These staff directions are directly linked to the proposed bylaw and proposed amendments to the rates...

    Report RPF-18-19 was submitted to the Committee of the Whole meeting on December 2nd, and later at council on December 16th, included recommendations for the approval of a City-wide private tree bylaw.

    Through discussion at both Committee and Council meetings, two staff directions were received: 1) Defer discussion of the rural/agricultural classification to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee meeting of January 13, 2020.

    2) Defer discussion regarding cash in-lieu to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee meeting of January 13, 2020. These staff directions are directly linked to the proposed bylaw and proposed amendments to the rates and fees bylaw. The information included within this report provides additional information on these items and includes recommendations from staff, and options to consider by Committee.

    Read the report.


  • Dec 2, 2019 - City-wide Private Tree Bylaw Implementation Report

    3 months ago

    This item is going to Committee on Dec 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

    Read the report.

    If you'd like to speak to Council about this item, you must register to delegate. You must register by 12:00 noon on Friday Nov 29.

    This item is going to Committee on Dec 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

    Read the report.

    If you'd like to speak to Council about this item, you must register to delegate. You must register by 12:00 noon on Friday Nov 29.

  • Options presented to Committee

    5 months ago

    Thanks to everyone that provided their feedback.

    Staff presented a report to Committee that included 4 options:

    OPTIONS CONSIDERED

    OPTION 1:
    Status quo
    A status quo approach was considered as part of this report.This would allow the current Pilot Private Tree Bylaw in Roseland to run the original 2-years.
    Pros:
    Allows for more time to evaluate the pilot.
    Cons:
    This does not consider the implications of a declared climate emergency, and delays protection of trees citywide.

    OPTION 2:
    Expand the Bylaw to Ward 4 Only. The expansion of the bylaw to ward 4 was considered as part of this

    Thanks to everyone that provided their feedback.

    Staff presented a report to Committee that included 4 options:

    OPTIONS CONSIDERED

    OPTION 1:
    Status quo
    A status quo approach was considered as part of this report.This would allow the current Pilot Private Tree Bylaw in Roseland to run the original 2-years.
    Pros:
    Allows for more time to evaluate the pilot.
    Cons:
    This does not consider the implications of a declared climate emergency, and delays protection of trees citywide.

    OPTION 2:
    Expand the Bylaw to Ward 4 Only. The expansion of the bylaw to ward 4 was considered as part of this
    report. The staff requirement would be reduced to1full time staff, with associated cost reductions.
    Pros:
    Provides for a slightly larger pilot area.
    Cons:
    This does not consider the implications of a declared climate emergency,and delays protection of trees citywide.

    OPTION 3:
    Repeal the Pilot Private Tree Bylaw and approve a bylaw for the urban area only. This option would protect all private trees within the urban area of the City and exclude all agricultural and rural areas north of Highway 5/407.
    Pros:
    Provides protection for private trees in the most populated area of the City.
    Cons:
    Does not provide protection for residential properties in the rural area that
    are not covered under the Regional bylaw for woodlots.

    OPTION 4:
    Repeal the Pilot Private Tree Bylaw and approve a city-wide private tree bylaw.
    Pros:
    This option provides the highest level of protection by including the entire city.
    Cons:
    Increased
    resource requirements in both operating and capital budgets.


    Staff recommends Option 4 for implementation, with a tree size of greater than or equal to 20 cm diameter at breast height. This option provides a high level of protection for private trees city-wide.

    This report goes to City Council on October 21.