Toronto’s Ice Storm Protocol for Tree Removal No Longer in Effect

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Toronto lost much of its tree canopy as a result of the December 2013 ice storm.


Residents and businesses are advised that the City of Toronto’s ice storm protocol is no longer in effect for the removal of tree hazards resulting from ice storm damage.

Returning to regular practice, the City again requires property owners to obtain a permit or Confirmation of Exemption from the Urban Forestry branch of the City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division prior to removing or injuring trees.

A permit is required if the tree on private property is regulated and protected by the City’s various tree protection bylaws. A Confirmation of Exemption is issued if the tree is not regulated and protected – for example, if the tree is diseased and is a hazard. A permit is not required to prune a tree in accordance with good arboricultural practices, including removing cracked or broken branches.

Where an imminent tree hazard is present, property owners are required to submit an arborist report and digital photographs of the subject tree by e-mail, mail or fax, or can drop them off in person. Where appropriate, the City will issue a permit or a Confirmation of Exemption to proceed.

To apply for a tree injury or removal permit, or to obtain a Confirmation of Exemption, residents should contact their Urban Forestry Tree Protection and Plan Review District Office. Details about the four locations:

  • North York District: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., 3rd Floor, Toronto, M2N 5V7 Fax: 416-395-6714, email: tpprnorth@toronto.ca.
  • Scarborough District: Nashdene Yard, 70 Nashdene Rd., Toronto, M1V 2V2 Fax: 416-396-4248 or email: tppreast@toronto.ca.
  • Toronto and East York District: Booth Yard, 50 Booth Ave., Toronto, M4M 2M2 Fax: 416-392-7277 or email: tpprsouth@toronto.ca.
  • Etobicoke York District: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Toronto, M9C 2Y2 Fax: 416-394-8935 or email: tpprwest@toronto.ca.

More information about Toronto’s tree bylaws and related matters are available at http://www.toronto.ca/trees.

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