Town Trees


Donate to the Tree Fund 

View the Niagara-on-the-Lake Tree Fund Brochure for more information.

Care and Maintenance of Trees on Private & Public Property

Policy related to the care and maintenance of trees on private property falls under the Regional Municipality of Niagara’s Regional Tree and Forest Conservation By-law No. 30-2008.

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is responsible for administering and enforcing this by-law on the Region’s behalf.

Generally, the Regional by-law prohibits the clearing of woodland except under specified circumstances. Cutting or removal of individual trees within woodlands is permitted; but a permit is required to do so in most cases.

The Tree and Forest Conservation By-law applies to:
• Woodlands that are 1.0 hectares or more in size
• Woodlands with an area of less than 1.0 hectare upon delegation of such authority by a local municipality in Niagara
• Heritage and significant community tress identified and designated by the Council of a local municipality if authority is delegated to the Region

There are a number of exemptions to the by-law dealing with such things as removal of diseased or dead trees, issuance of a Building Permit, clearing for agricultural purposes, and construction of drainage works under the Drainage Act.

For more information or to download the Regional Tree and Forest Conservation Bylaw, please visit:

Emerald Ash Borer:
See the attached fact sheet for information on the Emerald Ash Borer and how the Town is addressing the problem.

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has a number of policies dealing with the care and maintenance of trees on public property, specifically tree removal, trimming and planting. Please see the links below:

Town's Tree By-law 4571-12
Tree Planting & Establishment on Public Property Procedure
Tree Planting Policy
Tree Removal Policy
Tree Trimming Policy

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake would like to provide the following links on good planting techniques/best practices and maintenance programs for trees. Please see the links below: