DO YOU NEED A PERMIT TO REMOVE A TREE IN OTTAWA?
You may be wondering if a permit is necessary to remove a tree in Ottawa (e.g. for a dead tree, dying tree, tree that’s a “nuisance” or for any other reason). The short answer is “quite possibly.” Even if you have a tree on your private property that you need or want to take down, you’ll still need a City of Ottawa permit before removing that tree – IF the tree is 30cm or greater in diameter.
The rule of thumb is this: If you can hug the tree and get your arms around it, you can remove the tree without a permit. There are other permit exceptions for removing trees in Ottawa; read on to find out more.
EXCEPTIONS TO OTTAWA TREE PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
Even if you are removing a tree on your Ottawa property that is greater than 30cm in diameter, there are other exemptions that may mean you won’t need a City of Ottawa Distinctive Tree Permit. These include:
- Trees within a private courtyard, solarium, rooftop patio, etc.
- Trees on a cemetery or golf course, or on certain rural lands
- Trees in a farm, nursery or orchard
- Trees that pose an immediate danger/risk to property or people
If you are removing a tree in Ottawa that does not meet exemptions, you will need a City of Ottawa Distinctive Tree Permit.
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Getting a tree removal permit in Ottawa isn’t that bad. But you will need to plan ahead. Unless the tree poses an immediate danger to a structure or to people, if you don’t meet the exemptions then you won’t be able to just take down the tree. To stay in compliance with City of Ottawa bylaws, you will need to follow all the steps – in the right order – to get a City of Ottawa Distinctive Tree Permit.
The first thing you’ll want to do is measure the tree at its trunk base, at about the height of your chest or neck. A diameter of 30cm means a circumference of approx. 94cm, so if you have a tape measure you can wrap it around the tree to get a measurement. If you’re above the exemption, you will need to contact an arborist and provide the city with an arborist report. Then the city will send someone to inspect the tree and site. After that you will receive a City of Ottawa Distinctive Tree Permit, which you must post prior to tree removal.
Contact Wright Tree Service today to get started with the process. We have certified arborists on staff and can help you file the necessary paperwork and obtain a City of Ottawa Distinctive Tree Permit. We can then remove the tree for you as well, safely and all in good order.
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We don’t just chop down trees – we listen to our clients, assess each situation individually, and serve you with honesty and dedication.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I Need a Tree Removal Permit
A Quick Guide
|Tree must be removed ASAP for health & safety||NO|
|Tree is on a farm, an orchard, a golf course or a nursery||NO|
|Tree is in an enclosed courtyard, solarium or rooftop garden||NO|
|Property is larger than one hectare||YES|
|Tree exceeds 50cm in diameter||YES|
|Tree is near the curb and on city right of way (typically 1m or more from the curb, up to the water shut-off)||YES|
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At Wright Tree Service, we want to give you the best value for your hard-earned money. We prefer to visit your property to get a better idea of the lay of the land, before providing an estimate. That way we can quote you knowing we’ll be able to deliver the best results possible at a price you’ll be happy with. Contact us today - we look forward to hearing from you!