‘Spring’ Into Construction

Learn About Local Bylaws Before You Start Tree Planting

Spring is a popular time to begin all sorts of outdoor construction projects. But, within most GTA municipalities, tree preservation plans (TPP’s) and tree related permits are required for construction activities if you have protected trees on or near your property.

Most people do not realize that there can be significant wait times for permit approvals, and so it is a good idea to get the process moving now so you can avoid potential time delays. Just think, the pool you always dreamed of not being built this summer because you could not get a permit to injure a tree in time for the dig, or your teenage kids spending another year in the main house because the annex you planned to boot them into was planned too close to a protected tree!

Familiarizing Yourself With Local Bylaws

Our tree planting experts advise you make yourself aware of local tree bylaws as part of your preliminary construction planning. GTA municipalities have varying private tree bylaws, all have street and city tree bylaws, and some have ravine or conservation area tree bylaws. You should also look into the possible existence of trees affected by regional laws in your area. And remember that protected trees may include trees located on neighbouring properties, but close to your site.

Construction activities can include anything that may happen on your property that may impact a protected tree. Such activities can include:

  • Hardscaping (paving, flagstones, walkways, etc)
  • Fencing
  • Sheds
  • Decks
  • Pools
  • Additions
  • Remodeling
  • Landscaping
  • Demolition and reconstruction

Although municipal tree bylaws, especially those relating to trees on private property, may appear a bit dictatorial, remember that studies have proven that trees boost the value of your home, so retaining them where at all possible is a great investment for the future.

For more information, contact Ontree today to see how we can help.

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