Construction Permit Information

Landscape Construction Permits

Application Information

If you are planning to undertake any landscaping work within the public right of way (the area beyond your property line), you will require a permit prior to starting work.

Depending on the work, you may be required to submit an application to obtain a permit. To find out if an application is required, contact us to discuss the work with a By-law Officer. After speaking with you, the By-law Officer may simply issue a Directive which would enable you to obtain the necessary permit without submitting an application.

If part of the proposed project involves any work within private property, a building permit may also be required from: Building Division, located on the Main Floor, West Tower, City Hall. For further information, please contact Building Division at 416-392-7539.

If the proposed work is in close proximity to an existing tree, you should be aware that all trees which are located on City property are protected from injury or destruction.

Trees which are located on private property having a diameter of 0.30m or greater, measured 1.4m above ground level, are also protected from injury or destruction.

If you wish, you may view further information regarding the protection of street trees and the corresponding paving regulations.

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Application Requirements


If a landscape application is required for your project, you must submit drawings which meet the specifications in accordance with City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 743, Use of Streets and Sidewalks.

Excavation and installations which do not extend more than 1.2m measured from the surface of the adjoining boulevard are considered to be minor landscaping (i.e. driveway, fences, walkways, hedges, retaining and decorative walls, sprinkler system etc.)

6 sets of drawings are required and all drawings must meet the following specifications:

  • Drawings must be folded in sets to dimensions of 21cm x 28 cm (8 1/2&quot x 11&quot) with the title block facing up
  • All plans are to be in metric and must be drawn to scale and the scale must be noted on the plans
  • All relevant dimensions (i.e. distance from sidewalk to street line, from installation to sidewalk, etc.) must be shown
  • All street names and municipal addresses must be noted
  • Cross-section view showing details of above and below grade construction must be provided
  • All physical details of the site must be shown (i.e. sidewalk, trees, utility poles, fire hydrants, street vendor locations and all street furniture including bus shelters and newsvending boxes, etc.
  • North arrow must be shown
  • The location of street/property lines must be noted

Excavation and installations which extend more than 1.2m measured from the surface of the adjoining boulevard are considered to be major landscaping (i.e. sidewalk reconstruction, tree planting, piling and shoring, basement entrances etc.)

Permit Application together with a cover letter outlining the proposal and 12 sets of drawings are required. All drawings must meet the following specifications:

  • Drawings must be folded in sets to dimensions of 21 cm x 28 cm (8 1/2" x 11") with the title block facing up
  • All plans in metric scale and drawn to a scale of 1:200 horizontal and 1:100 vertical and the scale must be noted on the plan
  • The location of street/property lines must be noted
  • All relevant dimensions (i.e. distance from sidewalk to street line, from installation to sidewalk etc.) must be shown
  • All street names and municipal addresses must be noted
  • Existing and proposed grades (where applicable)
  • Cross-section view showing details of above and below grade construction must be provided (including depth and tree-pit details where applicable)
  • All physical details of the site must be shown (i.e. sidewalk, trees, utility poles, fire hydrants, street vendor locations, and all street furniture including bus shelters and newsvending boxes, etc.)
  • North arrow must be shown on the drawing
  • The location of existing underground services within the area of construction must be shown. This information may be obtained from the City of Toronto, Engineering Design, located at 275 Merton Street, 1st Floor, Toronto, ON M4S 1A7. Call 311 for more information.
  • Tie-in dimension to the nearest intersecting street and name of street to be shown

To avoid delays in the approval process, we recommend that you call us to have one copy of your plans reviewed prior to actually submitting your application.

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Landscaping Application and Permit Fees


Applications are subject to a non-refundable fee which must be paid when you submit your application. This fee varies depending on the landscaping project, and includes the cost of any permit and agreement that may be required. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding the fees which must accompany your application.

Payment can be made by VISA, American Express, MasterCard, Interac, cash or cheque. All cheques must be made payable to the Treasurer, City of Toronto.

All fees are subject to an annual inflationary increase based on the City's User Fee Policy and change without prior notice.

Landscaping Application and Permit Fees
Fee DescriptionFee BasisUser FeeAdditional Fee
Awnings, canopy, fire escape per permit / agreement $538.10 + HST Legal fees if applicable
Awnings, fire escape annual fee $31.98 + HST  
Encroaching canopy annual fee per sqm $4.48 + HST  
Encroaching canopy annual fee - min. charge $6.67 + HST  
Administration, survey and inspection fee per inspection $83.07+ HST  
A building less than 2.5 stories that by inadvertence has been erected and encroaches per permit $914.09 + HST  
A building greater than 2.5 stories that by inadvertence has been erected and encroaches per permit $1,329.56 + HST  
Encroachments, fences/ornamental and retaining walls over 0.9m, building projections, refacing walls, landscaping, streetscaping, areaways, tunnels, bridges and other openings, and for project under $1 million per permit / application / agreement $538.10 + HST Legal Fees if applicable
Encroachments, fences/ornamental and retaining walls over 0.9m, building projections, refacing walls, landscaping, streetscaping, areaways, tunnels, bridges and other openings, project over $1 million per permit / application / agreement $2,316.76 + HST Legal Fees if applicable
Areaways, tunnels, bridges and other openings
(tunnels and bridges = market value if private use)
annual fee per sqm
Area 1: (downtown core)
$29.90 + HST  
Areaways, tunnels, bridges and other openings
(tunnels and bridges = market value if private use)
annual fee per sqm
Area 2 (remainder of City)
$17.98 + HST  
Areaways, tunnels, bridges and other openings
(tunnels and bridges = market value if private use)
annual fee - min. charge $11.92 + HST  
Excavate, dig up, tear up or remove soil of any street / sidewalk / curbing, pavement etc. per permit $149.45 plus restoration costs, if any
Erect or remove a marquee per permit $149.45 + HST  
To inspect a marquee annual inspection fee $33.28 + HST  
Telecommunication cables, connecting two buildings, lateral road crossings, etc. per application $538.10 + HST Legal fees if applicable
Telecommunication cables, connecting two buildings, lateral road crossings, etc. annual fee per lineal metre: Area 1: (downtown core) $30.50 + HST  
Maintain telecommunication cables, connecting two buildings, lateral road crossings, etc. annual fee per lineal metre: Area 2: (remainder of City) $15.26 + HST  
Piling and shoring used in building operations within the public right of way application fee $3,736.74 + HST  
Inspection Fee during the piling and shoring construction operations within the public right of way inspection fee per hour $83.82  
Provide information on the status of a property with respect to agreement compliance / encroachments / licence / permits per property 
(non-refundable)
$117.60  
Curb Cuts - New access (no encroachments), permit for commercial / industrial / residential greater than 10 units per permit $777.24 plus construction cost of ramps depending on # of sidewalk bays
Curb Cuts - New access (no encroachments), permit for residential less than 10 units per permit $89.69 plus construction cost of ramps depending on # of sidewalk bays
Bore holes (exclusive of test pits)  per bore hole $225.00  
Temporary Asphalt access ramp for driveways
(installed by City staff)
up to a max. of 3.00 LM $100.00 For each additional LM or a fraction thereof $30.00
There is no fee for the permitted encroachments such as fences and retaining walls less than 0.9 metres in height above the travelled surface of the adjoining road, provided it complies with Municipal Code Chapter 743. For more information, please contact the office before starting the work within the public right of way,

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Protection of street trees

The preservation and planting of street trees is crucial to the maintenance of healthy residential streetscapes and can play an important role in minimizing the effect of Front Yard, Driveway Widening and Boulevard Parking. To provide sufficient space for tree growth and planting, it is necessary to limit the amount of paving or impervious material such as concrete or interlocking brick used in front yards and on City boulevards.

Increased use of pervious materials will provide greater water infiltration to support trees and vegetation, in addition to diverting rainflow from the sewer system.

It is also important to consolidate tree planting areas to create places for trees to grow to maturity.

Paving in proximity to City trees must comply with the following specifications contained in Municipal Code Chapter 813: and the City's Specifications for Construction Near Trees:

Municipal Code Chapter 813: and the City's Specifications for Construction Near Trees
Trunk Diameter (DBH)*Minimum Protection Distance Required**
< 10 cm 1.2 m
10 - 29 cm 1.8 m
30 - 40 cm 2.4 m
41 - 50 cm 3.0 m
51 - 60 cm 3.6 m
61 - 70 cm 4.2 m
71 - 80 cm 4.8 m
81 - 90 cm 5.4 m
91 - 100 cm 6.0 m
over 100 cm 6 cm protection for each 1 cm diameter

 

* Diameter at breast height (DBH) measurement of tree trunk taken at 1.4 metres above ground.

** Tree Protection Zone distances are to be measured from the outside edge of the tree base.

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