A comprehensive resource for Urban Forestry documents.
Various forms and cards are used by Urban Forestry Services to complement our programs.
- Application to Injure or Destroy Trees (PDF)
- Agreement for Contractors to Perform Arboricultural Services on City Owned Street Trees
- Ravine and Natural Feature Permit Application
- Arborist Report for Development Applications (PDF)
- Consent to Tree Maintenance for Boundary Line Street Trees (PDF)
- Owners Authorization to Submit an Application (PDF)
Urban Forestry By-Laws
Regulation of the injury and destruction of trees on both City and privately owned land. Below are tree related By-Laws which are currently in effect within the City of Toronto.
- City Street Tree By-Law (Article II of Chapter 813) (PDF)
- Private Tree By-Law (Article III of Chapter 813) (PDF)
- Ravine and Natural Feature Protection By-Law (PDF)
- Filling and Grading By-Law (former City of Toronto) (PDF)
- Filling and Grading By-Law (former City of Etobicoke) (PDF)
- Parks By-Law (PDF)
- Pesticide By-Law (PDF)
Urban Forestry Policies
Ensuring that the City of Toronto achieves it's goal in the area of urban forestry management of a sustainable urban forest.
- Tree Protection Policy and Specifications for Construction Near Trees (PDF)
- Information About: The Agreement for Contractors to Perform Arboricultural Services on City Owned Street Trees
- Removal of Crab Apple Trees that are Situated on City road Allowances Policy (PDF)
- Maintenance of Street Trees which are less than 50% on City Property (City/Private Boundary Line Trees) Policy (PDF)
- Bees, Wasps and Hornets Nests In Trees Policy (PDF)
- Termite Policy (PDF)
- Tree Azin Injection Policy (PDF)
In 2011 the City of Toronto commissioned a study to make recommendations for best practices for ways to increase the size and lifespan of trees growing in hard surfaces. The results of this study are outlined in Tree Planting Solutions in Hard Boulevard Surfaces: Best Practices Manual, finalized in February, 2013.
This document provides the structural details and construction specifications that will form the basis of the next generation of the Streetscape Manual Tree Planting Details.
A number of projects have already been approved and have been constructed on the basis of these details.
Before the end of this year this web site will have available a complete set of standard design drawings based on the Best Practices Manual (BPM): Tree Planting Details.
The complete Best Practices Manual is also available below as a reference to help inform future tree planting solutions.
Two important points to remember when developing a tree planting solution:
1. Only use the 'BPM: Tree Planting Details' as a reference document for the structural and construction specifications. Design solutions must be specific to the site while being consistent with the performance requirements outlined in the 'BPM: Tree Planting Details' document.
2. All design solutions must include the location and integration of any utility infrastructure
- Tree Planting Solutions in Hard Boulevard Surfaces Best Practices Manual (63 mb) PDF
- Best Practices Manual - Tree Planting Details (6 mb) PDF
Details and Drawings
Tree Planting Specifications:*
- "Planting Detail for Balled and Burlapped Trees in Turf", Detail (PD-101) PDF
- Continuous Soil Trench: Open Planting Bed and Concrete Sidewalk (T-1A) 4.5mb (PDF)
- Continuous Soil Trench: Raised Planter and Concrete Sidewalk (T-2A) 3.9mb (PDF)
- Continuous Soil Trench: Precast Concrete Planter Cover and Concrete Sidewalk (T-3A) 3.6mb (PDF)
- Trees In Soft Landscape (sL): Planting Between Curb and Sidewalk (T-sL1) PDF
- Trees in Soft Landscape (sL): Planting Between Sidewalk and Property Line (T-sL2) PDF
- Trees in Soft Landscape (sL): Planting Double Row of Trees (T-sL3) PDF
* Revising the Streetscape Manual Tree Planting Details
- Toronto's Strategic Forest Management Plan (PDF)
- Every Tree Counts: A Portrait of Toronto's Urban Forest (PDF)
- Natural Environment Trail Strategy (PDF)
- Assessing Urban Forest Effects and Values: Toronto's Urban Forest (PDF)
- Toronto Ravines Strategy