Asked by: Floarea Allegretti
asked in category: General Last Updated: 6th April, 2020

Do you need a permit to cut down a tree in Mississauga?

You only need a permit to remove trees on your private property if you are removing three or more trees 15 cm (6 inches) or greater in diameter, including dead and/or dying trees, per calendar year. If you aren't sure whether or not you own a tree that borders City property, you may request a tree ownership inspection.

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In this manner, is it illegal to cut down trees in Ontario?

In Ontario, upper-tier municipalities are responsible for any legislation governing tree-cutting practices of private landowners on properties greater than one hectare. The practice of diameter-limit harvesting (cutting only the best and largest trees) is no longer considered good forest management.

Similarly, who do trees belong to? In most cases a tree in its entirety (trunk, branches, and roots) is owned by the person who controls the land on which the tree was originally planted, usually the landowner.

Consequently, can you cut a tree in front of your house?

Yes. By law, you have the right to trim branches and limbs that extend past the property line. However, the law only allows tree trimming and tree cutting up to the property line. You may not go onto the neighbor's property or destroy the tree.

What happens if you cut down a tree without a permit?

It is a criminal offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree protected by a TPO, or to cause or permit such actions, without the authority's permission. If the tree in your garden can be seen and therefore enjoyed by the public it could potentially have a TPO placed upon it.

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