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August 27, 2007
Helpful information about proper tree care
The responsibility of care for a tree rests with the owner of the property; the City of Toronto when a tree is on City land, and by the property owner when on privately owned land. Trees require care over time to remain healthy and there may come a time when a tree, in whole or in part, needs to be removed for public safety or for the protection of property.

City bylaws require that trees on private property be safe, and that unsafe parts of trees (such as dead limbs) or entire trees be removed in the interest of public safety. This is done at the cost of the owner.

Steps that Toronto property owners can take to maintain trees on private property:

- Residents who have safety concerns about a particular tree on private property should contact a professional arborist or tree care company
- Trees should be maintained by a professional arborist or tree care company, and property owners should have their trees assessed every five to seven years or as advised by the arborist
- Professional and certified arborists are qualified to assess tree maintenance requirements and determine if trees can be maintained in safe condition or need to be removed
- Professional maintenance of trees does not require a permit from the City and hazardous or dead trees can be removed without a permit as they are exempt from City bylaws
- People seeking removal of healthy trees on private property, or healthy trees in ravine-protected areas must seek a permit from the City.

City of Toronto responsibility for trees:

- Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Urban Forestry Branch maintains trees on City property and protects healthy, and viable trees on both City and private property, including ravines
- Residents who have safety concerns about a particular tree on City property can report this to the City through 416-338-TREE.

For more information about how to maintain and care for your trees, visit:

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