Urban Forestry staff will review your application to ensure that it is complete. You will be notified in writing of any missing items. Once Urban Forestry is satisfied that the application package is complete, staff will conduct a site visit to verify the assessment of your arborist and to determine if a permit may be issued and/or if a public notification process is required.
Submission of an application does not guarantee that a permit will be issued. Factors that Urban Forestry will consider when reviewing permit applications include (but are not limited to): the health of the tree, its significance in the neighbourhood and the proximity of the tree to existing and proposed structures.
Where a public notification process is required, Urban Forestry staff will post a "Notice" of application on the subject property to notify passers-by of the application to injure or destroy tree(s). This provides the community with the opportunity to submit comments to Urban Forestry on the application. The sign must be posted for a period of not less than fourteen (14) days. After the posting period expires, Urban Forestry staff consults with the ward councillor, advising him/her of our recommendations, and a decision is made with respect to whether the permit will be issued or denied.
A public notice period is not required for trees that are in poor condition.
If a permit is going to be issued, you will receive a document to sign called an Undertaking and Release which confirms your intent to plant the replacement tree(s) or implement the tree protection plan. This document also needs to be signed by a witness (who can be anyone other than the owner of the property). Once Urban Forestry staff receives the signed, dated and witnessed Undertaking and Release, the permit will be issued. You may not proceed with the injury or removal of the tree(s) until you have received the permit.
After planting the replacement tree(s), or the erection of the tree protection hoarding, you are to notify Urban Forestry, and we will conduct a site visit to verify that the necessary conditions have been met.
If the permit to injure or destroy trees is denied, you will be notified in writing. If you wish to appeal this decision to City Council you are to notify Urban Forestry staff and we will prepare the necessary report to Community Council. Community Council will make a recommendation related to your request which will go to City Council for a decision.