Policies & Guidelines

Tree Protection Guidelines

Hamilton's Tree Protection Guidelines (PDF, 666 KB) provide guidance, advice and direction for landowners and developers on how to inventory trees on a proposed development site and prepare a Tree Protection Plan.

These guidelines apply to privately-owned lands subject to Planning Act approvals such as:

  • Draft plans of subdivision or condominium
  • Site plan approvals
  • Part lot control
  • Consent applications
  • Niagara Escarpment Plan Permit

The purpose of this document is to:

  • Enhance tree preservation on development sites, to ensure a healthy, sustainable urban forest and a green, liveable city
  • Ensure preservation of existing valuable trees in new development sites
  • Encourage consideration of existing natural features into the site design