The Community Standards Bylaw regulates the removal, pruning, transportation, storage, and sale of elm trees in the city to ensure that the trees remain free of insects and disease.
Protecting Elm Trees
According to the Community Standards Bylaw:
- Any elm tree that is removed must be treated in a manner that is acceptable to an inspector or the stump must be removed to a depth of at least 10 centimetres below the surface of the soil
- Elm pruning is only allowed between October 1 and March 31
- Elm trees on boulevards may not be removed, damaged, pruned, cut, repaired, or have any other work performed on them without the consent of the City
- You may not transport, store or sell an elm tree or elm firewood without permission from the City
The City also asks that you report suspected cases of Dutch elm disease by calling 311.
Reporting Your Concerns
If you have a concern about the removal, pruning, transportation, storage, or sale elm trees:
- Discuss the concern with the property owner
- Record the address of the violation and a description of the problem if you can't resolve it directly with the property owner
- Call 311
- Provide your name, address, phone number, and the details of your concern in case your testimony is required in court
Responding to Your Complaint
After you call 311, the City takes these steps to help with your issue:
- A file is created specifying your concerns
- A Municipal Enforcement Officer (MEO) opens an investigation
- The officer investigates your complaint within 4 business days
- The MEO may issue a warning notice with directions to remedy the problem within a specified time frame or issue a bylaw ticket with a fine ranging from $250 to 10,000 depending on the circumstances
- The officer may issue an order, which allows the City to fix the problem and bill the property owner for the cost
- The City may contact you to appear as a witness, if the matter goes to court
Protecting your Privacy
The information you provide will be used to process your complaint, but your name and address will not be made available to anyone else. For more information on how the City protects your privacy visit Freedom of Information and Privacy.
It is a violation to store elm firewood or to transport any part of an elm unless it is to a disposal site, prune an infected elm tree, or to prune between April 1 and September 30 in any year.
You can trim a healthy elm tree between October 1 and March 31. If trimming is required at other times in the year, you can obtain an elm pruning permit. This can be obtained from Pest Management.
Please be aware of that any person who removes an elm tree from their property must also remove the stump to a minimum of 10 centimetres below the soil line.