|Tree and woodland conservation by-Law
|Trees 3 cm in diameter may appear small. However, the renewal of the forest cover depends on how we protect these smaller trees. For more information on the Tree and woodland conservation by-law, see the "Green sheet" section.
Green sheet no. 10 “Trees and woodland conservation”
A green sheet on tree and woodland conservation is available. This fact sheet provides valuable advice on the responsibilities of landowners, on cutting permits, replacing trees, as well as instructions during a new construction. see the "Green sheets section.
Fines and bird-eye-view of the by-law
Trees are protected by a by-law. By-law no. 771:
Offenders are subject to fines.
- Protects branches, trunks, roots and crowns
- Cutting a tree more than 3 cm in diameter, 30 cm from the ground, regardless of its condition (dead, alive, damaged, dangerous),
without first obtaining a certificate of authorisation for cutting down a tree (free)
- Topping, which consists of cutting the main shaft (trunk or crown) of the tree to decrease its height
- The use of spurs (unless the tree needs to be cut down)
- Excessive pruning (note responsible pruning does not require a certificate of authorization)
- Backfill around a tree
- Allows to require:
- In certain circumstances, the erection, at the owner’s expense, of a protective cage around certain trees during construction work, for example
- Replacement of one or more felled trees after obtaining a certificate