The City of Edmonton publicly owns around 38,000 trees. This makes Edmonton one of the largest urban forests in Canada. To help ensure we are good stewards of our urban forest the City of Edmonton has written a number of bylaws to protect publicly owned trees. One of the main bylaws affecting construction companies around publicly owned trees is Bylaw 18825:
“No person shall conduct any work within 5 metres of the trunk of any boulevard and open space tree or within 10 metres of any boundary of a natural stand unless the person: (a) has obtained a permit; and (b) is conducting work in accordance with an approved tree preservation plan and/or tree protection plan.”
What is a Tree Protection Plan?
A tree protection plan is a document that highlights which city owned trees are within 5 metres of a work zone and what actions will be taken to ensure the trees are protected from any potential damage throughout the course of the project as per the City of Edmonton Tree Protection Guidelines.
Why Do I Need a Tree Protection Plan?
In order to perform work within 5 metres of a work zone, you need to have a tree protection plan in order to get a public tree permit to work around the city of Edmonton trees.
What Happens if I do not Have a Tree Protection Plan?
Individuals who perform commercial work within 5 metres of a publicly owned tree without a tree protection plan can be fined thousands of dollars according to city bylaw.
Does an Arborist Have to Write the Tree Protection Plan?
Although difficult, it is possible for a lay person to write a tree protection plan without an arborist. However, tree protection plans must be approved by urban foresters from the city of Edmonton who have strict guidelines to follow. Producing a tree protection plan that satisfies these guidelines can be quite difficult and time consuming without proper training in arboriculture.
Can I Hire an Arborist Company to Make a Tree Protection Plan?
Yes!! Tree Ninja has made numerous tree protection plans for Westrich Pacific, Clark Builders, Delnor and many others commercial clients. We get tree protection plans written and approved by the city of Edmonton quickly.
How Much Does it Cost to Have a Tree Protection Plan made?
Tree Ninja charges $1,000 to write a tree protection plan. If there are more than 2 city trees that need to be included in the tree protection plan, Tree Ninja charges an additional $500 per city tree.
How do I know if a tree is owned by the City of Edmonton or is privately owned?
Sometimes people mistakenly believe they own all the trees in their front yard. This is not always the case. Depending on the neighborhood and the proximity of the tree to the road and sidewalk, sometimes the trees belong to the city of Edmonton. This is true even if a person planted a tree on city property. The tree now belongs to the city, not the individual who planted it. To ascertain who owns a tree you can call #311 and provide the location of the tree in question.