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Tree Protection By-law

Tree Protection By-law


About the Tree Protection By-law


The new Tree Protection By-law includes :

  • a new Forest Health component, allowing the City to respond quickly to any serious threats to our forests;
  • exemptions for certain activities, such as pruning a tree, from requiring a permit;
  • designated 'Tree Protection Areas', and;
  • protection for 'Distinctive Trees'.

A Tree Protection Area is any area designated on the maps included in the by-law.  Any tree within a Tree Protection Area, regardless of species and size, is protected until such time as a permit is issued.

A Distinctive Tree is any tree equal to or greater than 50 cm in diameter located on private property anywhere within the Urban Growth Boundary of the city of London.

The Tree Protection by-law requires property owners to apply and obtain a permit before removing a Distinctive Tree or any trees located within a Tree Protection Area.

City Council

The Tree Protection By-law was approved by City Council on August 30, 2016.


In 2012, the City of London consulted with residents to develop the Urban Forest Strategy.  As part of the consultation, 86 percent of the people we heard from supported a tree protection by-law for trees on private property.

Council adopted the Urban Forest Strategy in 2014, including three pillars:

  1. protect more trees
  2. maintain trees better
  3. plant more trees

The proposed Tree Protection By-law is a key component of the 'Protect More Trees' pillar and supports both the policies of The London Plan and Council's 2015-2019 Strategic Plan.

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