Forests Ontario

York Region – Call Before You Cut

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York Region Local Municipalities

Trees and forested areas in York Region provide a wide variety of important environmental, social and economic benefits.  York Region and some of the nine local municipalities have put in place bylaws to help protect trees and forested areas on private property.  The Region’s Forest Conservation Bylaw protects forests by requiring a landowner to obtain a permit before removing trees from private property and by requiring the use of good forestry practices.  Under the Forest Conservation Bylaw, landowners need to obtain a permit to remove trees from treed areas greater than 0.2 ha in some municipalities (and greater than 1.0 ha in the Town of Newmarket and the Town of Aurora).  In addition, some local municipalities have bylaws regulating tree cutting in smaller treed areas or for single trees.  Please review the contact list provided to determine who you should call if you wish to remove trees on your property.

Note that the size of a treed area is determined by the contiguous area of tree canopy and not property boundary.  E.g. a 0.2 ha woodland can cross more than one property boundary. Please call before you cut!

Aurora

Is the treed area 1 ha or less?

Is the treed area 1 ha or larger?

Call: 905-727-3123 ext. 3123 Call Access York: 1-877-464-9675

 

East Gwillimbury

Call Access York: 1-877-464-9675

 

Georgina

Call Access York: 1-877-464-9675

 

King

Call Access York: 1-877-464-9675

 

Markham

Is the treed area 1 ha or less?

Is the treed area 1 ha or larger?

Call: 905-477-5530 ext. 2703 Call Access York: 1-877-464-9675

 

Newmarket

Is the treed area 1 ha or less?

Is the treed area 1 ha or larger?

Call: 905-953-5321 Call Access York: 1-877-464-9675

 

 

Richmond Hill

Is the treed area 1 ha or less?

Is the treed area 1 ha or larger?

Call: 905-747-6418 Call Access York: 1-877-464-9675

 

Vaughan

Is the treed area 1 ha or less?

Is the treed area 1 ha or larger?

Call: 905-832-8585 ext. 6153 Call Access York: 1-877-464-9675

 

Whitchurch-Stouffville

Call Access York: 1-877-464-9675