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Tree Regulations

The Community Standards Bylaw requires that you maintain the trees on the perimer of your property.

Overhanging Trees

Prune trees and shrubs around your yard so they do not overhang or block pedestrians or motorists using the sidewalks and roads beside your property.

For those who require assistance trimming large trees, the City recommends using a certified ISA Arborist. Contact City Forestry to remove, prune, or repair any City tree on the boulevard.

The City prunes elms every 4 years. All other trees, depending on size and maturity, are pruned every 7 years. Broken branches are corrected as they are reported.

Reporting Your Concerns

If you have a concern about trees overhanging sidewalks or roads:

  • Discuss your concern with the property owner
  • Record the address of the violation and a description of the problem if you can't resolve it directly with the property owner
  • Call 311
  • Provide your name, address, phone number, and the details of your concern in case your testimony is required in court

Responding to Your Complaint

After you call 311, the City takes these steps to help with your issue:

  1. A file is created specifying your concerns
  2. A Municipal Enforcement Officer (MEO) or Community standards Peace Officer (CPO) opens an investigation
  3. The officer investigates your complaint within 4 business days
  4. The officer may issue a warning notice with directions to remedy the problem within a specified time frame or issue a bylaw ticket with a fine ranging from $250 to $10,000 depending on the circumstances
  5. The officer may issue an order, which allows the City to fix the problem and bill the property owner for the cost
  6. The City may contact you to appear as a witness, if the matter goes to court

Protecting your Privacy

The information you provide will be used to process your complaint, but your name and address will not be made available to anyone else. For more information on how the City protects your privacy visit Freedom of Information and Privacy.

 

For More Information

Permits and Licensing Service Centre

Sustainable Development
5th floor, 10250 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-6054