Once the Public Tree Permit is issued, the tree protection and preservation measures in the plan can be installed. As with other City permits, a copy of the Public Tree Permit or the permit number must be produced upon request when work on-site is occurring. The City recommends that photos of the trees and installed protection measures be submitted through the Self-Serve portal by permit holders prior to work beginning on-site.
All mitigation efforts and tree protections must be in place before beginning the project work and throughout the duration of the project. Initiating any work without obtaining a valid Public Tree Permit is considered an offense under the
Public Tree Bylaw 18825
The Public Tree Permit holder will be responsible for ensuring that the Tree Protection or Preservation Plan is fully implemented and the conditions of the permit are being met at all times by anyone working on the site.
Failure to obtain a permit or follow Tree Protection or Preservation Plans may result in fines starting at $1000, which bylaw officers may double daily, the province’s Municipal Governance Act allows fines up to $10,000; any additional tree repair and equitable compensation costs may also be charged to the permit holder, as per the Corporate Tree Management policy (C456C).
If the work plans change, reach out to the contact information on the approved Public Tree Permit. Permit extensions can be applied for up to the original permit end date at no additional cost.