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Tree Protection


The City's Tree Protection By-law 6108/03 prevents the destruction of healthy trees in the specified tree protection areas, in an effort to protect and preserve the environment.

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What you should know?

A permit is required to remove any tree in a protected area in the City. Protected areas usually run through and adjacent to watercourses and green spaces.  View Pickering's tree protected areas

This By-law is actively enforced at all times by the Durham Regional Police Service, the City's Municipal Law Enforcement Services, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Cutting down a tree in a protected area without a permit can result in fines of $1,000 per tree or $10,000 whichever is greater.

You can report any damage to trees in a protected area to our Customer Care Centre.

A General Guide

  • subject to the exemptions below, permits are required to remove trees located in a designated protection area at a cost of $100.00
  • dead, dangerous, diseased or severely injured trees require permits for removal, these permits are $25.00; provided the City's arborist has confirmed the compromised state of the tree


  • permits are not required for trees not located in the designated protection area
  • permits are not required for trees located in the designated protection area if the tree is less than 25 millimetres in diameter measured at a height of 1.5 meters above grade