Can a protected tree be removed?

In some cases, yes. If it is approved for removal, it must be replaced with trees equal to at least 75 percent of the diameter in inches at breast height (dbh) for deciduous or of the height in feet (coniferous). 

Replacement trees must be of species of a similar type and at least 3.5 inches in caliper dbh (deciduous) or 8 feet tall (coniferous).

Failure to replace protected trees on a site results in a cost of $300 per inch below 75% of the dbh removed for deciduous trees or $300 per foot below 75% 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?