Can a heritage tree be removed?

In some cases, yes. If it is approved for removal, it must be replaced with trees equal to at least 100 percent of the diameter at breast height (dbh) for deciduous or of the height in feet (coniferous) and subject to conditions.

Replacement trees must be of species of a similar type and at least 4.5 inches dbh for deciduous trees or 10 feet tall for coniferous trees.

Failure to replace heritage trees on a site results in a cost of $500 per inch below 100% of the dbh removed for deciduous trees or $500 per  foot below 100% of the foot height removed for coniferous trees.

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1. Why does the City have a tree protection ordinance?
2. How does this ordinance help meet the goals of the City’s Climate Action Plan?
3. Who must comply with the tree protection ordinance?
4. When is a tree protection plan and Residential Tree Protection Permit required?
5. What must be included in a tree protection plan?
6. Where do I find a Residential Tree Protection Permit?
7. What is a “protected tree"?
8. What is a “heritage tree"?
9. What is a “critical root zone"?
10. Can a protected tree be removed?
11. Can a heritage tree be removed?
12. What happens if protected or heritage trees were removed before an application is submitted?
13. What is the financial guarantee?
14. When do I get the financial guarantee money refunded?