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Tree Conservation within the City of Peterborough

The City of Peterborough has recognized the environmental, aesthetic and public health benefits that  trees and the Urban Forest provide to the entire community and wishes to regulate the removal of healthy trees and ensure their replacement through two new By-laws.

The new By-laws regulate the destruction or injury of healthy trees on private property, including Woodlands, and are effective as of October 23, 2017.

Tree Conservation By-law

The City of Peterborough strives to maintain the Urban Forest Canopy by regulating the removal of healthy trees on private property through our Tree Conservation By-law 17-120. This by-law requires that you apply for and obtain a permit before  injuring or destroying any tree with a diameter at breast height of 15 cm (6 inches) or more, measured at 1.37 meters (about 54 inches) above ground at the base of the tree.

Tree Conservation Permit Process

  1. Fill out the Application to Permit the Injury or Destruction of a Tree on Private Property Form.
  2. If your tree is exempt, no permit fee is required. A written confirmation – a permit – will be issued by the City of      Peterborough.
  3. Where a permit is applicable, fees may apply.

Following the review of a permit application, the City may determine the injury or destruction of the tree does not  require a permit.

Woodland Conservation By-law

As of October 23, 2017 the City regulates tree removals within a woodland as defined in the Woodland Conservation By-law 17-121. This by-law regulates the injury and or destruction of trees with a diameter at breast height of  7.5cm (3 inches) or more, measured at 1.37 metres (about 54 inches)  above ground at the base of the tree, within woodlands (forested area) of 2.47 acres or 1 hectare in size or larger.

Woodland Conservation Permit Process

  1. Fill out the Application to Permit the Injury or Destruction of a Tree within a Woodland or Plantation Woodland Form.
  2. If a tree is considered dead, dying or hazardous by the Director there is no fee, but a permit must still be obtained.
  3. Where a permit is applicable, a $300 fee will apply.

Other requirements

A report from a qualified tree expert may be required as a condition of permit approval, but is not required for the initial permit application.

City owned Tree's

Tree's within the City road allowance remain protected by two By-laws that prohibit the injury or destruction of trees under By-law 1982-82 and under Chapter 765 of the Municipal Code

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the Tree Conservation By-law or the Woodland Conservation By-law please contact the Urban Forestry Department via e-mail to treebylaw@peterborough.ca