The City of Hamilton maintains over 120,000 trees located in parks, open spaces and cemeteries. We also maintain over 179,928 street trees located within the road allowance of the 6,522 kilometres of city roads.
Problems to report include
a tree growing so big that is it damaging property
trees damaged or fallen down
trees appearing dead or diseased
- trees with a swing hanging from its branches
trees with bee or wasp nests
Once a report is filed, a forestry investigator will be assigned to:
determine the priority of the tree
schedule the tree for trimming or removal
Bee or wasp nests are removed within 24 hours, unless it is reported on a Friday, in this case the nest is removed on Monday.
The City of Hamilton’s Forestry Section is not responsible to prune trees back from hydro lines and communication lines. For these issues, please contact your utility provider.
City trees are trimmed to:
- remove dead limbs
- maintain clearance over sidewalks, roadways and away from structures
You can water trees on City property but do not trim or remove a tree that is on City property, regardless of who planted it. The City of Hamilton routinely prunes trees located on City-owned property (including parks and road allowances). The City may prune private trees extending over roadways and sidewalks to provide proper clearances. Trees in the urban area of the city are pruned every 7 years.
If your tree is in a rural area of the City, pruning is done by request. Please contact 905-546-2489 if your tree needs pruning.
City trees will only be removed when deemed appropriate by Forestry. If a City tree needs removal, Forestry will contact the adjacent homeowners. Removals are scheduled based on priority.
To meet the Urban Forest Strategy target to grow the urban canopy to 40% by 2050 a replacement tree will be installed (if space permits). The investigator will recommend the appropriate specie(s) based on the site.
City trees will only be removed if they are dead, diseased or considered dangerous.
The following are not considered valid reasons for tree removal requests:
tree is messy because of fruit or seeds production
leaves clogging eves troughs
homeowner does not want to rake leaves
Once a City tree is cut down, the stump will be scheduled for removal in a systematic manner.
Delays for stump removal occur if the City tree is in the middle of a garden, if there is a fence or other object in the way, or if there is heavy snow.