Trees that are on private property are protected by tree protection by-laws:
- If you live in the former City of Hamilton, you are responsible for any maintenance or damage.
- If you live elsewhere in the City, some City trees are protected by tree protection by-laws and may require a permit for trimming or cutting down. Call Property Standards at 905-546-2424, ext. 2782 for more information.
If a branch is touching a hydro line, you should advise your hydro company.
Maintaining private trees
Neighbour disputes regarding maintenance of a private tree are considered a civil matter and the City does not get involved.
If a tree is dead, has broken branches or if you believe there is an imminent safety issue, call Property Standards at 905-546-2424 ext. 2782.
Disposing of tree trunks, branches or wood
You have three options for disposing of wood from private trees:
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