Nanton's Urban Forest
Questions around Public Trees in Nanton can land within various departments depending on the nature of the issue or inquiry. This page is intended to assist with navigation around this and provide key documents and forms for your information.
Public Tree Regulation - Bylaw 1349/21
The Public Tree regulatory bylaw can be found here. It details strict regulations and potential penalties around, for example, unpermitted planting or removal of Public Trees. The Bylaw outlines the process, for developers and the general public, where there is a desire to undertake actions that could impact one or more Public Trees. If you are a developer with questions around Public Tree removal or planting, please contact email@example.com
Public Tree Cutting Permits
This is a mandatory process, usually requiring CAO approval after discussion with department heads. The form and information sheet can be downloaded here. There are some stiff penalties in the bylaw for unpermitted cutting or removal. Generally, the following conditions need to be met for a cutting or removal approval:
1. A Public Tree is dead or dying, thus a potential hazard
2. A Public Tree is interfering with utility wires
3. Public Tree roots interfering with water or sewer lines (public or private side)
5. A Public Tree is too close to a building face/ roofline/ foundation
6. Removal of Public Tree(s) necessary to facilitate a development
If applying to remove a tree, you will likely be required to replace it in another location at your own expense, although there are some case-specific considerations for property owners whose sewer and water infrastructure are demonstrably impacted by Public Trees.