Trees and Yards

We have information relating to both public and private trees. Ownership of the tree is determined at ground level. 

Private trees are those that have more than 50 per cent of their diameter on the private side of the property line. City-owned trees are those that have more than 50 per cent of the trunk diameter on the City side of the property line.

If you are unsure as to the ownership of a tree(s), please refer to your property survey, usually with your home purchase documents. By reading the dimensions from the foundation of the house to the property line and measuring these distances on the lawn, the Private/Richmond Hill property line can be determined. If the tree(s) appears close to the City property line or you are unsure, please call the Urban Forestry Section at 905-771-8800.

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