Citizen Action Lab - Private Tree Bylaw

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

The Bylaw is currently in effect in south Burlington, within the Roseland Community. We're looking for feedback for whether the Bylaw should be made to be city-wide and if there should be any changes. Below is a brief summary of the Bylaw. The full Private Tree Bylaw is located in the Library section of this page or can be found at Burlington.ca/PrivateTree.

Citizen Action Labs

Citizen Action Labs are where people work together in small, welcoming groups to engage, discuss, share and explore new ideas.

Residents are encouraged to come to any one of the three sessions planned. Registration links and dates are noted in the "Life Cycle" section.

Summary of the Private Tree Bylaw Pilot within Roseland Community:

Within the Roseland Community, no person can injure, destroy, cause or permit the injury or destruction of a tree with a diameter of 30cm (size of a dinner plate) or greater or of a tree of significance (historic or rare).

Examples of exemptions include:

  • Trees with a diameter of less than 30cm
  • For the purpose of pruning in accordance with Good Arboricultural Practices
  • For emergency work
  • The tree is at high-risk of falling onto something or someone, as determined an arborist
  • If the tree is dead, as confirmed by the Manager of Urban Forestry, or designate
  • If the tree is an ash tree (due to the Emerald Ash Borer), as confirmed by the Manager of Urban Forestry, or designate
  • If a tree is within two metres of an occupied building

For more exemptions, visit Burlington.ca/privatetree.

Permits

A person wanting to remove a tree with a diameter larger than 30 cm or of significance can apply for a permit online by visiting Burlington.ca/privatetree.

Fines

Minimum fine is $500. Maximum fine is $100,000.

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

The Bylaw is currently in effect in south Burlington, within the Roseland Community. We're looking for feedback for whether the Bylaw should be made to be city-wide and if there should be any changes. Below is a brief summary of the Bylaw. The full Private Tree Bylaw is located in the Library section of this page or can be found at Burlington.ca/PrivateTree.

Citizen Action Labs

Citizen Action Labs are where people work together in small, welcoming groups to engage, discuss, share and explore new ideas.

Residents are encouraged to come to any one of the three sessions planned. Registration links and dates are noted in the "Life Cycle" section.

Summary of the Private Tree Bylaw Pilot within Roseland Community:

Within the Roseland Community, no person can injure, destroy, cause or permit the injury or destruction of a tree with a diameter of 30cm (size of a dinner plate) or greater or of a tree of significance (historic or rare).

Examples of exemptions include:

  • Trees with a diameter of less than 30cm
  • For the purpose of pruning in accordance with Good Arboricultural Practices
  • For emergency work
  • The tree is at high-risk of falling onto something or someone, as determined an arborist
  • If the tree is dead, as confirmed by the Manager of Urban Forestry, or designate
  • If the tree is an ash tree (due to the Emerald Ash Borer), as confirmed by the Manager of Urban Forestry, or designate
  • If a tree is within two metres of an occupied building

For more exemptions, visit Burlington.ca/privatetree.

Permits

A person wanting to remove a tree with a diameter larger than 30 cm or of significance can apply for a permit online by visiting Burlington.ca/privatetree.

Fines

Minimum fine is $500. Maximum fine is $100,000.