City strengthens tree preservation during construction
June 15, 2022

The City of Edmonton is launching the Public Tree Permit process to support its efforts to build and preserve Edmonton’s urban forest, which also include the City Plan’s commitment to plant two million new trees, as well as the City’s existing tree replacement and maintenance programs.  

Starting today, all worksites within five metres of a boulevard and open space tree or within 10 metres of a natural stand boundary will require tree protection measures and an approved Public Tree Permit.

The permit process applies only to work being done near trees on City land, like natural and naturalized areas, City parks and the boulevard between the roadway and sidewalk. Regular yard maintenance activities like grass cutting and weeding do not require permits. 

In addition:
  • An approved Public Tree Permit and tree protection measures must be in place before work begins on site. 
  • For projects already in progress, the City recommends submitting a permit application by June 30, so applicants can have an approved permit and tree protections in place by July 15, when enforcement begins. 
  • The City is focusing on education and data gathering in 2022, so applications for permits with both Tree Protection and Preservation Plans are free until a fee structure is announced for 2023.

The City developed the permit process using engagement with the construction, utility and telecommunications industries beginning after a council motion in 2017, which culminated in City Council passing the Public Tree Bylaw 18825 on August 30, 2021.

Check out all of the resources available to assist applicants, including video tutorials, templates and sample plans.
For more information:

Media contact:
Communications Coordinator
Communications and Engagement