Do I Need a Permit to Remove Trees?
If you are removing trees from your property that are not part of a woodlot or woodland (for example, a single tree on your property), you do not require a permit and do not need to notify the Township. However, it is strongly recommended to keep your tree if it is in good health and is not a safety risk.
If your tree is part of a woodlot or woodland, you must acquire a permit from the Region of York to remove any trees. Please contact Access York at 1-877-464-9675 and ask for York Region Forestry at for more information before performing any work.
You are not allowed to remove or prune trees on municipally owned property, which includes parks, road allowances or any other land owned by the municipality.
Dead or Dying Trees
When a tree is dead, dying, decayed, or considered a danger, trees must be trimmed and pruned to a safe maintained state or cut down in accordance with the Clean Yards By-law.
The neighbour’s tree branches overhang onto my property. What can I do?
If the branches are overhanging onto your property, you may trim back those branches to your property line, provided you take the necessary precautions when pruning a tree and do not cause the tree to die.
It is a preferred action that you advise the tree owner (neighbour) prior to trimming.
The neighbour's tree roots cross onto my property. What can I do?
Similar to overhanging tree branches, you are entitled to trim the tree roots of the neighbouring tree to the property line provided you take the necessary precautions when pruning a tree and do not cause the tree to die.
It is preferred that you communicate with the tree owner (neighbour) prior to trimming.
There is a tree on the property line between my neighbour and I. Who is responsible?
Any tree that has the base/trunk on both properties is considered to be common property between you and your neighbour; meaning both you and your neighbour co-own the tree. These trees are known as boundary trees and are regulated under the Ontario Forestry Act. Both neighbours must agree on the maintenance of the tree, and any removal or injury to the tree without the consent of the owner is considered an offence under the Act.
Education and Resources
The International Society of Arboriculture
The International Society of Aboriculture - Ontario Chapter
TreesAreGood.Org - Information website run and maintained by the International Society of Aboriculture
Tree Preservation By-law
At its meeting of February 24th, 2014, Council of the Township of King considered and heard options on whether to introduce a future tree preservation by-law in King. Such a by-law is intended to preserve the tree population of King by regulating the removal and replacement of trees on private property. Since the by-law was first presented on December 16th, 2013, members of the community have provided a wide range of comments, questions and suggestions.
A Staff Report presented to Council on May 26th, 2014 outlines a proposed Phased Work Plan to support the pursuit of a ‘Made in King’ solution to tree preservation and promotion that takes into account the community’s unique urban and rural nature and strong connection to the environment. Previous reports regarding tree preservation in King are listed below: