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The Community Standards Bylaw 14600 regulates trees on City boulevards, overhanging trees on sidewalks, noxious weeds and landscaping requirements.

Bylaws help ensure that people act appropriately concerning our greenest assets. We are all responsible for keeping Edmonton clean and safe and encourage you to report any concerns that you have.

Learn more about how the City responds to landscaping, tree maintenance, weeds on private property, and elm tree complaints.

Elm Tree Complaints

The Community Standards Bylaw regulates the removal, pruning, transportation, storage and sale of elm trees in the city to ensure that the trees remain free of insects and disease.

Reporting Your Concerns

If you have a concern about the removal, pruning, transportation, storage or sale of elm trees:

  • Discuss the 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 investigates your complaint within 4 business days
  3. 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
  4. The officer may issue an order, which allows the City to fix the problem and bill the property owner for the cost
  5. The City may contact you to appear as a witness, if the matter goes to court

Dutch Elm Disease Indicators

Landscaping Complaints

The Zoning Bylaw requires that residential property owners landscape any front or side yards that are visible from a public street. For new homes, this must be done within 18 months of occupancy.

Reporting Your Concerns

If you have a concern about landscaping you see in your neighbourhood:

  • Discuss the concern with the property owner
  • Record the address of the improper landscaping and a description of the problem if you can't resolve it directly with the property owner
  • Call 311 and provide your name, address, phone number and the details of your concern

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 Development Planner opens an investigation
  3. If a violation of the Zoning Bylaw is found, the Development Planner will have the owner remove the problem and landscape the yard properly

Landscaping Requirements

Overhanging Tree Complaints

The Community Standards Bylaw requires that you maintain the trees on the perimeter of your property so they do not overhang or block pedestrians and motorists.

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

Boulevard elm trees are pruned every 4 years and other trees every 7 years. Contact 311 if a public tree needs to be pruned.

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 or Community Standards Peace Officer investigates your complaint within 4 business days
  3. 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
  4. The officer may issue an order, which allows the City to fix the problem and bill the property owner for the cost
  5. The City may contact you to appear as a witness, if the matter goes to court

Tree Care Tips

Weed Complaints on Private Property

Municipal Enforcement Officers patrol the city for noxious and prohibited noxious weeds. If regulated weeds are found on your property, you will receive a Local Authority notice to remove or control the weeds on your property.

Reporting Your Concerns

If you have a concern about noxious and prohibited noxious weeds:

  • Educate yourself on noxious and prohibited noxious weeds using the Weed Identification Page
  • Call 311
  • Provide the agent with your name, address, phone number and a description of your concern

Responding to Your Complaint

After you call 311, the City:

  1. Creates a file specifying your concerns
  2. Sends a Municipal Enforcement Officer to investigate within 4 business days
  3. Delivers a warning notice to the property owner within 10 days containing directions for remedying the problem
  4. Issues an order, which allows the City to fix the problem and bill the property owner for the cost if there is non-compliance

Regulated Weeds

Protecting Your Privacy

When you contact us, personal information may be collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Section 642 of the Municipal Government Act and/or Section 63 of the Safety Codes Act. The information will be used to process your application(s) or process your complaint. Your name and address may be included on reports that are available to the public. For more information on how the City protects your privacy visit Freedom of Information and Privacy.

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

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

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email developmentservices@edmonton.ca

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