Apply for a permit to fell trees on a private lot

Last updated January 9, 2023

Do you need to cut down a tree on your property? In Montréal, a tree-felling permit (also known as an authorization certificate) is required. Find out how to get one here.

This procedure applies to all trees, except for ash trees. Should you wish to have an ash tree felled, look up the recommended course of action.

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You need a tree-felling permit in order to:

  • Cut down a tree whose trunk is 10 cm in diameter or more, measured 1.4 m from the ground, or 15 cm in diameter or more, measured 15 cm from the ground.
  • Raise the ground level more than 20 cm beneath the branches of a tree.
  • Cut 50 per cent or more of a tree’s branches.
  • Cut 40 per cent or more of a tree’s roots.
  • Do anything else that might affect a tree’s survival, such as putting a ring around the trunk, covering the base with impermeable material, etc.

Diameter of the trunk

To calculate the diameter of the trunk before applying for a permit:

  1. Use a tape measure.
  2. Measure around the trunk in cm.
  3. Divide your measurement by 3.14 to obtain the diameter in cm.

Example: If the trunk measures 35 cm, the diameter is 35/3.14 = 11 cm

Another way to obtain the diameter is to use a rigid tape measure and hold it horizontally against the tree to measure the width (or thickness) of the trunk. You will get an approximate diameter.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • It is in an irreversible state of dieback caused by disease.
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It threatens people’s safety
  • It might cause the spread of a disease or an invasive species
  • It is of the Nerprun (Rhamnus) species
  • It is located in a future construction zone or is less than three metres from that zone. 
  • It’s in the same location where a swimming pool will be built that cannot be built elsewhere on the property
  • It impedes access to a building or front parking space that cannot be built elsewhere on the property

In the case of the last three reasons, a permit application must already have been submitted.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, sap, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You are not allowed to trim or fell a tree or cut down a shrub or plant grown by the city on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between your property line and the curb or sidewalk. 

Permit validity

The certificate is valid for 12 months. Felling must be completed before the end of this period. If your certificate expires, you will need to get a new one in order to continue felling trees.

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace felled trees within 18 months following the issuance of the permit (or within six months of the date the permit was issued). 
The new tree must have: 

  • a trunk at least three cm in diameter, measured 1.4 m from the ground, and
  • a total height of at least three metres.

Fee

$96 per application and per group of trees to be felled, no matter how many trees that need to be felled on the plot.

The taxes are included.

Fight against the emerald ash borer

An application for a certificate of authorization to fell an ash tree on private property is free.

Required documents

  • Copy of the certificate of location or or a drawn plan on which you have marked the location of trees to be felled, numbering each tree and indicating its diameter and species, if known. Please include the name and signature of all owners that appear on the notarized act.

If applicable:

  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association, or proof of the composition of the condominium’s board of directors and a letter of authorization from each of its members

Communication channels

Point of service

555 Rue Chabanel Ouest
Suite 600
Montréal, QC H2N 2H8

Point of service

555 Rue Chabanel Ouest
Suite 600
Montréal, QC H2N 2H8

The application must include the applicant’s contact information (postal address, telephone number and e-mail), all required documents as well as a cheque for $94 made out to “Ville de Montréal” (no processing fees apply for ash trees).

You need a tree-felling permit in order to: 

  • Cut down a tree whose trunk is 5 cm in diameter or more, measured 1.4 m from the ground, which is about chest height.
  • Raise the ground level more than 20 cm beneath the branches of a tree.
  • Cut 50 per cent or more of a tree’s branches.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Reasons for felling a tree

 You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the area where a building will be built or less than three metres from where a main building or projected support wall will be built. However, a tree located between three and five metres from these areas can be felled as long as it is replaced
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space
  • It makes it difficult to create an opening to provide access to a body of water

If you are planning to put up a building, install a swimming pool or create an entry or a parking space, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Use brightly coloured string or ribbon to identify the trees you plan to fell. An inspector will come and assess their condition.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You are not allowed to cut down a tree, shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within six months of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one. 

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace a felled tree within six months of receiving your permit.
The new tree must have a trunk at least five cm in diameter, measured 1.4 m from the ground.

Felling application

Fees

For a tree in your front yard

$75

For a tree in your back yard

$150

Required documents

  • Copy of the certificate of location on which you have marked the location of trees to be felled, numbering each tree and indicating its diameter and species, if known
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Point of service

By appointment
7171 Rue Bombardier
Second floor
Montréal, QC H1J 2E9

You need a tree-felling permit in order to: 

  • Cut down a tree whose trunk is 10 cm in diameter or more, measured 1.3 m from the ground, or more than 15 cm in diameter, measured 15 cm from the ground.
  • Raise the ground level more than 20 cm beneath the branches of a tree.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

 Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It threatens people’s safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the way of a building project (other than an outbuilding) or construction site
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space

In the last three of these cases, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Use brightly coloured string or ribbon to identify the trees you plan to fell. An inspector will come and assess their condition.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You are not allowed to cut down a tree, shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line. located between your property line and the curb or sidewalk.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within 12 months of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one. 

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace a felled tree within 12 months of receiving the permit. A minimum of one tree per 100 m² of land that has not been built on is required in residential sectors, and a minimum of one tree per 200 m² in commercial or institutional sectors.

The new tree must have a trunk at least five cm in diameter, measured 1.5 m from the ground. 

Mount Royal heritage site

Do you live on the Mount Royal heritage site? If so, an additional authorization is required.

Fill out the form (in French) and add it to the other documents to be submitted.

Fee

The amount is not taxable.

$158 per application, no matter how many trees that need to be felled on the plot.

Documents

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it.)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

5160 Boulevard Décarie
Montréal, QC H3X 2H9

Bring your documents with you.

You need a tree-felling permit in order to cut down a tree whose trunk is more than 10 cm in diameter, measured 1.3 m from the ground, except if your tree is: 

  • A cedar (Latin name: Thuya)
  • A juniper (Latin name: Juniperus)
  • A buckthorn (Latin name: Rhamnus

These three species can be felled without a permit whatever the trunks’ diameter.

As an example, to determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Steps

Apply for a permit on line or go to the permit counter.

A borough employee will then come to inspect your tree.

Important note: If you cut down one or more trees without a permit, the amount of the fine is $600 and may be as much as $15,000, depending on the number of trees felled and the cleared area. 

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It threatens people’s safety
  • It is located near or in a construction zone

In this last case, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the construction itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree, shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Permit expiration

The felling permit does not expire.

Replacing a felled tree

Within six months of receiving your permit, you must replace a felled tree with a tree that is not: 

  • an ash tree
  • a poplar
  • a willow
  • a silver maple
  • an American elm

Replacing a felled tree with a deciduous tree

The new tree must be:
• at least five cm in diameter as measured 15 cm from the ground,
• at least two metres high as measured from the ground.

Replacing a felled tree with a coniferous tree

The new tree must be at least 1.75 m high.

Fees

Type of fee

Amount non-taxable

File assessment

$25 per plot

Felling certificate for one to five trees 

$50

Felling certificate for six to 25 trees

$500

Felling certificate for 26 to 49 trees

$750

Felling certificate for 50 trees and more

$1,000 per 50 trees (or fraction of 50 trees)

Required documents

  • Copy of the certificate of location on which you have marked the location of trees to be felled, numbering each tree and indicating its diameter and species, if known
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (an ISA certified arborist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

1800 Boulevard Saint-Joseph
Montréal, QC H8S 2N4

Payment method

Click on the place to see accepted methods of payment.

You need a tree-felling permit for any tree that you want to fell, whether it is in your front yard, side yard or back yard.

Reasons for felling a tree

 You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • Half or more of its branches are dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space in the front yard
  • It makes it difficult to create an opening to provide access to a body of water

If you are planning to put up a building, install a swimming pool or create an entry or a parking space, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You are not allowed to fell a tree or cut down a shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between your property line and the curb or sidewalk.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within 12 months of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one. 

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace a felled tree within a year of receiving your authorization certificate if it the tree was cut down:

  • Because it was located three to five metres from a future construction zone
  • To avoid the spread of a disease or an invasive exotic species

The new tree must be at least 1.5 m high at the time it is planted.

Fee

Not taxable.

$75 per tree

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it.)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

By appointment
55 Avenue Dupras
Montréal, QC H8R 4A8

You need a tree-felling permit in order to:

  • Cut down a tree whose trunk is 10 cm in diameter or more, measured at 1.3 m from the ground.
  • Raise the ground level more than 20 cm beneath the branches of a tree.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.  

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the authorization certificate before you proceed.

  • It is dead
  • It affected by an irreversible disease
  • It can cause significant damage to property of greater value than the tree
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site

In the last of these cases, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree, shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

If felling has not begin within six months of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one. 

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace each felled tree within a year of receiving your permit.

The new tree must have a trunk at least three cm in diameter measured 1.3 m from the ground or more, and must not belong to an invasive species.

Mount Royal heritage site

Do you live on the Mount Royal heritage site? If so, an additional authorization is required.

Fill out the form (in French) and add it to the other documents to be submitted.

Fee

The taxes are included.

$139 per application, no matter how many trees that need to be felled on the plot.

Required documents

  • Copy of the certificate of location (mandatory)
  • A scale plan that shows the location, dimensions and species of the tree(s) and other existing trees as well as nearby buildings or developments (existing or projected)
  • Photos of trees to be felled (at least one photo of each tree and one or more photos of the causes justifying cutting it down)
  • Report from an expert in arboriculture or a related field that states the reason for the tree needing to be felled. A quote from a contractor is not considered a report by a recognized expert.

If applicable:

  • Evaluation from an expert in arboriculture or a related field that attests to the tree’s value
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

201 Avenue Laurier Est
Fifth floor
Montréal, QC H2T 3E6

You need a tree-felling permit in order to:

  • Cut down a tree whose trunk is more than 8 cm in diameter, measured 1.5 m from the ground.
  • Raise the ground level more than 20 cm beneath the branches of a tree.
  • Remove 50 per cent or more of a tree’s living branches.
  • Cut 40 per cent or more of a tree’s roots.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • Half or more of its branches are dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It is preventing the growth of more valuable trees
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space

In the last two of these cases, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You are not allowed to fell a tree or cut down a shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between your property line and the curb or sidewalk.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within 6 months of the date on which the permit was issued, the certificate is no longer valid and you must get a new one. 

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace a felled tree within six months of receiving your permit.

The new tree must have a trunk at least five cm in diameter, measured 1.5 m from the ground.

Fee

$312.50 per tree (non taxable, non refundable)

Document

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it.)
  • Photos of trees to be felled
  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled

If applicable:

  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association
  • Map showing the location of trees to be replanted (indicating sizes and species), or landscaping plan
  • Proof of construction project (permit, contract, etc.) if tree is located on a site where a building is planned

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

815 Rue Bel-Air
First floor
Montréal, QC H4C 2K4

Fill out the form (in French) and bring it along with your documents and a certified cheque.

You need a tree-felling permit in order to cut down a tree whose trunk is 10 cm in diameter or more, measured 1.3 m from the ground.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • Half or more of its branches are dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It is preventing the growth of more valuable trees
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space

In the last three of these cases, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Use brightly coloured string or ribbon to identify the trees you plan to fell. An inspector will come and assess their condition.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You are not allowed to fell a tree or cut down a shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between your property line and the curb or sidewalk.

Neighbours’ trees

If your neighbours’ trees are bothering you, speak with them about it. If you are unable to come to an agreement, you can consult Québec’s Civil Code.

Permit validity  

Permits are valid for 12 months. If felling has not begun within three months or has not ended within 12 months of the date on which the permit was issued, or was interrupted for six months, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one.

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace a felled tree within six months of cutting it down.

The new tree must have a trunk at least five cm in diameter, measured 30 cm from the ground.

Fee

$107.00 per tree (non taxable)

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it.)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

 If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

To apply for a permit to have more than four trees felled, you must go to the permit counter in person with the documents listed above.

Point of service

By appointment
406 Montée de l'Église
Montréal, QC H9C 1G9

You need a tree-felling permit in order to:

  • Cut down a tree whose trunk is 10 cm in diameter or more, measured 1.3 m from the ground.
  • Raise the ground level more than 20 cm beneath the branches of a tree.
  • Cut 50 per cent or more of a tree’s roots.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • Half or more of its branches are dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It is preventing the growth of more valuable trees
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space

In the last three of these cases, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Use brightly coloured string or ribbon to identify the trees you plan to fell. An inspector will come and assess their condition.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree, shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within six months of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one. 

Replacing a felled tree

You do not have to replace a felled tree if your property already has one tree per 200 m2 of undeveloped land, except in these two cases:

  • The tree was felled because it was located three to five metres from a retaining wall or a future construction area.
  • The tree was felled because it was irreversibly damaged by disease or an insect pest.

In these cases, you must replace the felled tree within six months of cutting it down.

The new tree must have a trunk at least five cm in diameter, measured 1.5 m from the ground.

Fee

The amount is not taxable.

$110.00 per application, no matter how many trees that need to be felled on the plot.

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it.)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

 If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer, agronomis, arborist or horticulturist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

Remote service only
6854 Rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC H1N 1E1

You must get a felling permit in order to cut down a tree with a trunk that is wider than 5 cm in diameter, measured at a height of 15 cm from the ground.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • It is dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space

In the last three of these cases, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree, shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within three months of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one. 

Replacing a felled tree

If you fell a tree, you must replace it with a new tree within six months of receiving your permit.

The new tree must be at least 1.3 m high and have a trunk at least five cm in diameter, measured 15 cm from the ground.

It must be located more than 1.5 m from the street line and from any fire hydrant, and at least three metres from any stop sign.

Fee

$100 per tree (taxes included)

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it.)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

4241 Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
Montréal, QC H1H 1S4

You need a tree-felling permit in order to cut down a tree whose trunk is more than 10 cm in diameter, measured 1.3 m from the ground.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • It is dead
  • Half or more of its branches are dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It is preventing the growth of more valuable trees
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space

If you are planning to put up a building, install a swimming pool or create an entry or a parking space, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Use brightly coloured string or ribbon to identify the trees you plan to fell. An inspector will come and assess their condition.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not trim or cut down a tree grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace a felled tree:

  • if it was located three to five metres from a future construction area, or
  • if there was a risk it might cause a disease or an invasive exotic species to spread.

The new tree must have a trunk at least five cm in diameter, measured 1.3 m from the ground.

Mount Royal historic site

Do you live on the Mount Royal historic site? If so, an additional authorization is required.

Fill out the form (in French) and add it to the other documents to be submitted.

Processing time and permit expiry date

The permit is valid for three months.

Be aware that it may take up to 10 working days to process your application.

Fees

Taxes not included

Type of fee

Amount

File assessment

$106

Permit issuance

$54

Total

$160

Document

Required documents

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as an arborist certified by the SIAQ), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • At least two photos of each tree to be felled
  • Application form for a tree-felling certificate

If applicable:

  • Copy of the certificate of location, on which you have marked the location of each tree to be felled or preserved
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association
  • Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec form

Communication channels

Direction d'arrondissement adjointe – Qualité de vie

600 Avenue de la Gare-de-Triage
Montréal, QC H2V 0A8

Fill out the form (in French) and bring it with you.

You need a tree-felling permit in order to: 

  • Cut down a tree whose trunk is 10 cm in diameter or more, measured 1.3 m from the ground, or 15 cm or more, measured 15 cm from the ground.
  • Raise the ground level more than 20 cm beneath the branches of a tree.
  • Cut 50 per cent or more of a tree’s branches.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • Half or more of its branches are dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It is preventing the growth of more valuable trees
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space
  • It makes it difficult to create an opening to provide access to a body of water

If you are planning to put up a building, install a swimming pool or create an entry or a parking space, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

Neighbours’ trees

If your neighbours’ trees are bothering you, speak with them about it. If you are unable to come to an agreement, you can consult Québec’s Civil Code.

Processing time and certificate expiry date

The authorization certificate is valid for six months.
Be aware that it may take up 4 weeks to process your application.

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace a felled tree within six months of receiving your authorization certificate if it the tree was cut down:

  • to prevent the spread of an illness or an invasive exotic species, or
  • to redesign your yard.

In this last case, the tree you cut down must be replaced by at least two new trees.

If a new tree is deciduous, it must have a trunk at least five cm in diameter, measured 25 cm from the ground. If it is coniferous, it must be at least two metres high.

Fee

The taxes are included. The amount is not refundable.

$55 per application, no matter how many trees that need to be felled on the plot.

Document

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

13665 Boulevard de Pierrefonds
Montréal, QC H9A 2Z4

Fill out the form and bring it with you.

You need a tree-felling permit in order to cut down a tree whose trunk is 10 cm in diameter or more, measured 1.3 m from the ground.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It is preventing the growth of more valuable trees
  • It might cause the spread of a disease or an invasive species
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site
  • It is located where there are plans to install a swimming pool (and there is no other space for a pool on the property).
  • It is hindering the construction of an access way or a parking space in a front yard (and there is no other space for such a structure on the property).
  • In certain cases, you may be asked to replace the felled tree.
  • It makes it difficult to create an opening to provide access to a body of water

If you are planning to put up a building, install a swimming pool or create an entry or a parking space, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within six months of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one.

Fee

$54 per property (non taxable)

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

12090 Rue Notre-Dame Est
Montréal, QC H1B 2Z1

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease at the recommendation of an arboriculture expert
  • It is causing significant damage to property at the recommendation of an arboriculture expert
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed at the recommendation of an arboriculture expert
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site It is located in an area earmarked for the construction of a future main building, with the exception of asingle-family detached dwelling located east of Boulevard Pie-IX.

In the last case, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Replacing a tree

A felled tree must be replaced by a new tree with a minimum height of 1.5 metres and must be planted in soil with a minimum depth of 800 mm. When more than three trees are required, at least three different species, including a conifer, must be included.

Before planting a new tree, find out about varieties most likely to thrive in zone 5, the size of the full-grown tree, and its resistance to urban conditions. Call 311 for information.

Permit

You need a tree-felling permit in order to:

  • Cut down a tree whose trunk is 10 cm in diameter or more, measured 1.3 m from the ground.
  • Raise the ground level more than 20 cm beneath the branches of a tree.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Fee

$153 per tree (no taxable)

Documents

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

5650 Rue D'Iberville
Second floor
Montréal, QC H2G 2B3

Point de service

5650 Rue D'Iberville
Second floor
Montréal, QC H2G 2B3

Please send us the form shown above, your documents and your payment.

Payment methods:

  • Postal money order payable to “Ville de Montréal”
  • Cheque payable to “Ville de Montréal”

You need a tree-felling permit in order to cut down a tree whose trunk is more than 5 cm in diameter, measured 15 cm from the ground.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Permits can only be issued after an employee who specializes in arboriculture has examined your tree and after your file has been evaluated.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space

In the last three of these cases, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree, shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within 60 days of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one. 

Fees

  • Residential buildings with four or more dwellings: $26 per tree
  • All others: $77 per tree

Felling permits for an ash tree that is affected by the emerald ash borer is free of charge

Replacing a felled tree

If you fell a tree, you must replace it with a new tree within six months of receiving your permit.

When you receive the permit, our agents will tell you about the characteristics that replacement trees must have.

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

777, boulevard Marcel-Laurin
Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 2M7

You need to review the information sheets and complete the forms to apply for a mandatory permit before starting your work, using the Saint-Laurent permits assistant.

You need a tree-felling permit in order to cut down a tree whose trunk is 15 cm in diameter or more, measured 15 cm from the ground.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead, decaying or affected by an irreversible disease.

  • It risks causing a disease to spread.

  • Its structure has become fragile.

  • It is causing significant damage to property.

  • It is located on the site of a future building, or within three metres of it.

In the last of these cases, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap, fruits or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree or shrub on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within six months of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one.

Fee

$145 per tree (taxes included)

Required documents

  • Copy of the certificate of location on which you have marked the location of trees to be felled, numbering each tree and indicating its diameter and species, if known
  • Photos of trees to be felled
  • Report by an arborist (expert certified by the SIAQ) explaining why the tree should be felled

If applicable:

  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

8400 Boulevard Lacordaire
Montréal, QC H1R 3B1

You need a tree-felling permit in order to cut down any tree, regardless of the diameter of its trunk.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the way of a building project or construction site
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space
  • It makes it difficult to create an opening to provide access to a body of water

If you are planning to put up a building, install a swimming pool or create an entry or a parking space, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree, shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within six months of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one. However, you may renew it for another six months before it expires.

Replacing a felled tree

If you fell a tree, you must replace it with a new tree within 12 months of receiving your permit.

The new tree must have a trunk at least six cm in diameter, measured 30 cm from the ground.

Fee

$96.80 per tree (taxes included)

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

4555 Rue de Verdun
Suite 109
Montréal, QC H4G 1M4

You need a tree-felling permit in order to:

  • Cut down a tree whose trunk is 10 cm in diameter or more, measured 1.3 m from the ground.
  • Raise the ground level more than 20 cm beneath the branches of a tree.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead
  • Half or more of its branches are dead
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease
  • It is causing significant damage to property
  • It is preventing the growth of more valuable trees
  • It threatens people’s health or safety
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed
  • There is a risk it will cause a disease to spread
  • It is in the way of a building project
  • It gets in the way of building or installing a swimming pool
  • It is located within the area of a future roadway or a parking space

In the last three of these cases, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree, shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Permit validity

If felling has not begin within six months of the date on which the permit was issued, the permit is no longer valid and you must get a new one. 

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace a felled tree within a year of receiving an permit, unless your property already has at least one tree per 200 m2 of undeveloped land.

The new tree must be:

  • at least five cm in diameter
  • at least two metres high

Mount Royal historic site

Do you live on the Mount Royal historic site? If so, an additional authorization is required.

Fill out the form (in French) and add it to the other documents to be submitted.

Fee

Not taxable.

$78 per tree

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it)
  • Photos of trees to be felled
  • A report signed by an agronomist or forest engineer stating the species and condition of the tree to be felled. In certain exceptional cases, this report is not required (e.g. felling trees in the area of an upcoming construction site, parking lot or roadway). When in doubt, contact the permit counter.

If applicable:

  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Point of service

800 Boulevard De Maisonneuve Est
17th floor
Montréal, QC H2L 4L8

You need a tree-felling permit in order to:

  • Cut down a tree whose trunk is more than 10 cm in diameter, measured 1.3 m from the ground, or more than 15 cm in diameter, measured 15 cm from the ground.
  • Raise the ground level more than 20 cm beneath the branches of a tree.
  • Remove 50 per cent or more of a tree’s living branches.
  • Cut 40 per cent or more of a tree’s roots.

To determine a tree’s diameter in cm, put a measuring tape around the trunk, then divide the result by 3.14.

Reasons for felling a tree

You may be allowed to have the tree cut down for the reasons listed below. You must obtain the tree-felling permit before you proceed.

  • The tree is dead.
  • Half or more of its branches are dead.
  • It is decaying or affected by an irreversible disease.
  • It is causing significant damage to property.
  • Its structure has become fragile and the problem cannot be fixed.
  • It might cause the spread of a disease.
  • It is in the way of a building project.
  • It is in the way of building or installing a swimming pool - but only if there is no other place on the property to install a pool.
  • It makes it difficult to create an entry or a parking space – but only if there is no other place on the property for this entry or parking space.

In the last three of these cases, before applying for a tree-felling permit, you should first apply for a permit to carry out the project itself.

Restrictions

The following reasons do not justify the felling of a tree:

  • It is losing blossoms, leaves, sap or twigs.
  • It produces pollen, provides shelter for animals or insects or provides shade.
  • Its roots are visible.

You may not cut down a tree, shrub or plant grown on public property. “Public property” in this case means the strip of land located between the curb or sidewalk and your property line.

Permit expiration

The felling permit does not expire.

Replacing a felled tree

You must replace a felled tree:

  • if it was located three to five metres from the construction area of a planned building or retaining wall, or
  • if there was a risk it might cause a disease to spread or if it belonged to an invasive species.

Fees

Rates depend on land use. Taxes are included.

Type of land use

Amount

Residential use

$58 per tree

Commercial, industrial or institutional use

$174 per tree

Please note that the amount paid to have an application considered will not be reimbursed if the permit is not granted or if the application is withdrawn.

Required documents

  • A plan to scale (ideally, the certificate of location) to show the location of the trees to be felled (please number every tree to be felled, and write its diameter and species, if you know it)
  • Photos of trees to be felled

If applicable:

  • Report by an expert recognized by the borough (such as a forest engineer or agronomist), explaining why the tree should be felled
  • Power of attorney authorizing you to act on behalf of the owner
  • Letter of authorization from each of your co-owners, or resolution from your condominium association

Communication channels

Payment method

  • Credit card (MasterCard, Visa)

You must have an account on montreal.ca to use this service.

Division des permis et de l’inspection

405 Avenue Ogilvy
Suite 111
Montréal, QC H3N 1M3