Modern Mississauga presents Ask The City - Do I need a permit to remove a tree in my backyard?

Modern Mississauga and the City of Mississauga have come together to present an ongoing series called “Ask the City.”
We’ll share relevant information here and answer your questions about our city.
Today’s question is about removing a tree on private property. 


Do I need a permit to remove a tree in my backyard?

All homeowners, business owners and developers wishing to remove trees from private property must comply with the City’s Private Tree Protection By-law. A permit is required only if you are removing three or more trees 15 cm (six inches) or greater in diameter, including dead and/or dying trees on your property, per calendar year.

To get a permit, you must complete the Tree Permit Application Form, and pay the base fee (if applicable). The application and supporting documents should be submitted to the Parks and Forestry Division:

·         By Mail: Parks and Forestry Division, PO Box 1850, Station B, Mississauga ON L4Y 3W6; or

·         In person: Parks and Forestry Customer Service Counter located at 950 Burnhamthorpe Rd W on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If you’re removing three or more healthy trees on your property, the City requires you to plant replacement trees for each tree removed as per the By-law. You can plant a replacement tree yourself on your property or you are required to pay a predetermined fee for a tree to be planted on City property by City staff.

For more information, call 311 (or 905-615-4311 from outside City limits) or visit our webpage-

If you’ve got a question about the City, we want to hear from you.
Please send your questions to with “Ask The City” in the subject line.