The Parks division provides tree services such as planting, pruning, removal and designation of Memorial trees along streets, parking lots, residential and commercial areas, parks and open spaces. The Town also regulates the removal of trees from private property.
Revised Tree Bylaw Notice
Private Tree Protection Bylaw Approval
On May 24, 2016 the Town of Aurora Council approved a revised by-law regarding the destruction of trees on private property and enacted Bylaw Number 5850-16. The new bylaw is called the "Private Tree Protection Bylaw.
The purpose of this by-law is to regulate the cutting and injuring of trees within the Town of Aurora. It also helps to preserve the very valuable urban tree canopy now estimated to cover 28 per cent of the Town's overall land which is considerably more coverage than many other Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Municipalities.
Please see below the significant changes and guidelines to the new bylaw.
to be obtained prior to removal of a single heritage tree or a single tree in
any heritage district as described by the Bylaw.
properties, owners shall be permitted to remove two (2) trees per .25 ha. of property
in a 12 month period without obtaining a permit. (For example: Owner of a 1 ha.
property can remove eight (8) trees in a 12 month period without obtaining a
For more information please call 905-727-3123 ext. 3223.Private Tree Protection Bylaw Number 5850-16
Tree Bylaw Landscape Map
Tree Removal Permit Application
Municipal Street Tree Block Pruning
The Town of Aurora has a vast inventory of municipal trees under the management of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural department. The Parks division undertakes a major annual pruning program of roadside street trees throughout the winter months each year, and currently operates on a seven year pruning cycle. The primary objective for tree pruning is to provide for overhead clearance for vehicles and sidewalk pedestrians. The Town has two fully trained and experienced municipal arborists on staff, responsible for 90 per cent of our forestry operations. Due to the extensive tree inventory, we encourage residents to call our office with reports of problem trees, or trees on municipal boulevards which requiring pruning. Our staff will respond to any problem associated with a municipal tree on short notice.
If you have any questions regarding the work please do not hesitate to contact the Parks division at
905-727-1375 ext. 3233.
Trees have been planted within the municipal road allowance in your neighbourhood. The species and locations are pre-approved by the Town through either a municipally approved planting plan prepared by the developer, or as selected by the Town's arborists. The Parks division encourages a diversity of trees on our boulevards and in our community. In addition to the often planted Maple species, you may also see Honey Locust, Gingko Tree, Hackberry, White and Burr Oak, Ash, Ivory Silk Tree, Linden, Turkish Hazel, Buckeye, Chanticleer Pear, Pioneer Elm, Kentucky Coffee Tree and Black Walnut.
Generally, trees are planted in front of each house; exceptions to this are semi and townhouse units where space may be prohibitive. Further, setbacks from light standards, electrical and other services, driveways, sight triangles, etc. may prevent some trees from being planted. Trees planted in new subdivisions will typically be under warranty for two years, and during this time the developer's contractor is responsible for maintenance. At the end of the warranty period, the Parks Division will assume responsibility for their care. Boulevard trees in established neighbourhoods are planted and maintained entirely by the Town's Parks Division.
Boulevard soil in Aurora is mostly clay based and may be poorly drained. For this reason, trees are often planted up to 150mm (6") above the surrounding grade. This is actually a better growing environment for the tree and will help it adapt to the soil conditions. You can assist the Town to create a healthy urban forest by looking after the tree planted close to your property.
Memorial Tree Planting
The Town of Aurora has a Memorial Tree Planting policy to enable the planting or designation of memorial trees on municipal lands within the Town. If you are interested in planting a memorial tree on municipal lands within the Town, please see the link below to review our Memorial Tree Planting Policy. If you have any questions or require further information please call 905-727-3123 ext. 3233.
Injury and Removal of Trees on Private Property
The Town of Aurora is committed to tree preservation in its parks, woodlands and natural areas, as well as on Town streets. As part of its ongoing plan to be an environmentally responsible community, Town Council approved a revised bylaw regarding the destruction of trees on private property and enacted bylaw number 5850-16. The Tree Permit bylaw regulates the removal of trees by requiring residents and landowners to obtain a Town permit to remove and replant trees under certain conditions.
Backyard Tree Planting Program
The Backyard Tree Planting program is a partnership involving Aurora, York Region and LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests).
Through a full-service Backyard Tree Planting Program, a LEAF arborist meets with the participant in their backyard to select the best species and location. They teach the homeowner proper tree care and the benefits of trees. LEAF staff will return to plant the trees in spring or fall. The cost of this program ranges from $150 to $200 per tree (and this amount includes the consultation, tree, and planting service).
The Do-It-Yourself Program, participants complete an online workshop (education portion) and receive email advice on species selection from a LEAF arborist, picks up their tree in the spring or fall from a community event, and then plants the tree themselves. The cost for this program ranges from $25 to $35 for small trees (for pick up) to $100 to $150 for large trees (for delivery).
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