Do I Need a Permit to Remove My Tree in Edmonton?

By: albertaarb - August 10, 2016

One of the more contentious issues as of late is the removal of healthy trees due to real estate development around the city of Edmonton.

Unlike other Canadian cities, which have specific laws regarding the removals of trees, Edmonton has a more laissez-faire style of dealing with those who wish to remove trees from their own property. However, when it comes to trees on public properties, you’ll have to be more careful and considerate. Otherwise, you risk running afoul of the law.

The Value of Trees

A joint study performed by TD Economics and Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation revealed that urban trees are surprisingly valuable. In Toronto alone, the associated benefits work out to be in excess of $80 million, when you include air quality, energy savings and wet-weather flow. In terms of individual value for your real estate, trees in Edmonton can be valued at up to $20,000 apiece. Due to the value of trees, it’s a good idea to get an assessment from an arborist before making the decision to cut a tree down.

Regulations For Trees In Edmonton

When it comes to your own personal property, you’re allowed to remove trees as you wish. In fact, the main concern when it comes to trees on your property would be to ensure that they are well maintained. As the City of Edmonton website states, overhanging trees must not “overhang or block pedestrians or motorists using the sidewalks and roads beside your property”.

In terms of public trees, any trees planted on land belonging to the City of Edmonton becomes property of the municipality. As such, “only authorized city employees or contracted service providers can prune, trim, repair, remove, or perform any work on city trees.” If you decide to take action without consulting the city, you might end up being on the hook for the value of the tree, as well as any related costs.

Safe Tree Removal

Contact an arborist for consultation before you decide to remove your tree. If at all possible, it’s always preferable to choose preservation over elimination. However, if removal is required, an arborist will be able to safely remove the offending tree.

At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal with any tree removal in any location and can ensure no damage is done to your property.

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