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Arborist Reports in Toronto

Need an arborist report to remove a tree? Planning construction or renovation and need an arborist report? Need a tree permit? We’ve got you covered.

With new construction cropping up all over the Toronto area, many homeowners and companies need arborist reports to get their projects underway! Talk to us today about how we can help you with a certified arborist report for your property.


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Get a permit to remove a tree on your Property

Standard Arborist Report for Tree Removal Permit

To remove a tree that is protected, you’ll need an arborist report. What is a protected tree? In the City of Toronto, that includes trees that are under 30 cm DBH (Diameter at breast height) which is roughly equivalent to the width of a wooden telephone pole. In Mississauga, it is 15cm.

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Remove or manage trees for Construction

Construction Tree Permits & Arborist Reports

If you’re planning construction, whether it’s a new home, addition, new deck, or pool, you’ll need a construction arborist report if there are trees that may be affected by your construction. Whether you’re looking to remove trees, construction will be in the immediate area, or construction materials or equipment will be stored by or moved around your trees, a plan for protection or replanting is necessary.

An arborist can help you with a report outlining how your trees may be affected by the new construction and create a plan to protect trees on the property during construction.

  • Written by a Board Certified Master Arborist and Municipal Specialist
  • Permits Managed For You
  • Large, multi-site project experience
  • Direct co-ordination with PM, Architects, Sub-trades available
  • Full report and application provided, including 1 round of revisions
Build a Garden Suite or Laneway House

Laneway House & Garden Suite Tree Permits

Looking to build a garden suite or laneway house in the City of Toronto? These developments are more challenging than other building projects due to limitations on the trees that can be removed to make way for construction. Ensure you hire an expert in municipal arboriculture with a proven track record of guiding garden suite projects to completion. Learn more about the City of Toronto Garden Suite requirements.

  • Written and managed by Board Certified Master Arborist and Municipal Specialist with 10+ years working with the City
  • Dozens of successful garden suite projects
  • Permits Managed For You
Cut through ravine tree red tape

Ravine Tree Removal & Arborist Reports

Ravine and Conservation area trees are protected under additional legislation that limits the scope of tree pruning, tree removal and other activities. If you’re looking to prune or remove trees from a protected area, you’ll need a Certified Arborist to create a Ravine plan for your tree permits and application.

  • Full report and application provided, including 1 round of revisions
  • Hundreds of projects approved
Arborist Reports for Unique Situations

Special Situations when you Need an Arborist Report

For most homeowners, the biggest room in the house is the backyard or side yard. A yard can be an oasis and sanctuary – from the city, from the heat… even from your neighbours! Green spaces also influence the value of your home and its curb appeal.

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  • Multi-year pruning plans
  • Detailed maintenance plans for large sites or multi-site projects

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Arborist Reports for Tree Permits in Toronto FAQ

Below you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive about tree pruning services in Toronto.

Do I need an arborist report to remove my tree?

Probably. Unless your tree is dead, imminently hazardous or under 30cm diameter at breast height, then you will need a permit to remove it in the city of Toronto, Mississauga (15cm DBH), Markham, Vaughan and other GTA municipalities. If your tree is not in good condition and is not being removed for construction, it is unlikely to get approved.

What arborist report do I need?

  • Trees on Private Property that are over 30cm: standard arborist report to obtain a permit
  • Building, construction or renovation: Construction Arborist report to obtain a tree removal permit for trees over 30cm
  • Garden Suite or Laneway House: Construction Arborist Report to obtain permits for trees over 30cm
  • Toronto Region Conservation Authority zone (or other conservation area): Ravine Arborist Report for trees over 30cm
  • City-owned trees on public property: Standard Arborist Report for a tree removal permit for trees over 30cm
  • Specialty Reports: You may also require an arborist report or Tree Appraisal for issues relating to neighbour disputes, compensation for damages to a tree, heritage trees, a tree management plan for high value feature trees or landmark trees

Am I guaranteed to get a tree permit if I get an arborist report?

No. That being said, we have a 98% success rate because we do not take on projects we do not think could be successful..

For a regular permit unrelated to construction, the tree must be either dying or in very poor condition to be considered for a permit. The City of Toronto is very restrictive in the trees it will allow you to cut down because the loss of canopy in the city is a significant environmental and public health concern.

For construction, the rules are far more lenient and allow the removal of trees especially related to the construction of principal residences. Garden Suites, Laneway Houses, extensions/expansions to existing house do not fall under this category.

However, our Board Certified Master Arborist is a Municipal Specialist with more than ten years experience working for the city and dozens of years in the industry. He is an expert at navigating the ins-and-outs of the tree permit process and has secured thousands of permits – many of them considered unobtainable by other companies.

When do I need a tree permit?

For a regular permit unrelated to construction, the tree must be either dying or in very poor condition to be considered for a permit. The City of Toronto is very restrictive in the trees it will allow you to cut down because the loss of canopy in the city is a significant environmental and public health concern.

For construction, the rules are far more lenient and allow the removal of trees especially related to the construction of principal residences. Garden Suites, Laneway Houses, extensions/expansions to existing house do not fall under this category.
However, our Board Certified Master Arborist is a Municipal Specialist with more than ten years experience working for the city and dozens of years in the industry. He is an expert at navigating the ins-and-outs of the tree permit process and has secured thousands of permits – many of them considered unobtainable by other companies.

Do I really need a permit, can’t I just cut the tree down?

You do you, but we can’t in good conscience advise you to break the law or do something that could cost you a ton of money. Reputable companies with insurance, Certified Arborists and good reviews are not going to cut down your tree for you without a permit. Why? There is already enough work that is legal, causes no extra problems and doesn’t result in fines of thousands of dollars. Can you find a fly by night guy with a chainsaw, or a landscaper who doesn’t care? Sure.

The risk you run is being caught – Toronto and especially Oakville and now Mississauga take illegal tree removal very seriously. You may be fined thousands of dollars, be obligated to replant another large tree, or other costly “remedies” for the wrong. When you try to skirt the law and get caught, you’ll pay the price – twice. First for the removal, and then for the headache, fines and other orders to comply you may be hit with. We see it happen everyday.

My tree is dangerous and I think it should be cut down right away, can I get an exemption and avoid the permit fees and replacement costs?

Likely, no. I know this is likely not the answer you want to hear, and you may be able to find another random website that will tell you otherwise. We are going to give you a few tips to help, but its with the caveat that it may not work. We spend a lot of time dealing with the city, and want you to be prepared too. You can read more about it here

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Vista is an excellent company to deal with. The owners went above and beyond expectations to help deal with a unique situation. The guys who did the work were not only professional but also very polite. I will be using them again to help with other work in the future.
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We are very happy with all the work Vista Tree Management accomplished on our property.  James was very professional and gave us excellent advice concerning the trimming of our 12 foot cedar hedges and the pruning of our mature silver maple trees.  The crew was very friendly and hard working, they did a tremendous job on the work required and they did an excellent job with the clean up.  We would highly recommend Vista Tree services to our family and friends.  We will definitely use them again for all of our future projects.
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They just did my front lawn, and boy, did they leave a lasting impression!

They were straightforward with the plan - clear and precise, ensuring that I was well informed of the process and outcome. The execution was meticulous and exceeded my expectations. Moreover, the cleanliness post-service was remarkable, leaving no trace of debris or disruption.

They were on time and was the epitome of friendly and cheerful—felt like I had friends over for a garden party!

Overall, their service was excellent at every stage. The inquiry, consultation, customer support, day-of service, follow-up, and payment process were all seamless.

I had peace of mind and very happy with Vista. I highly recommend them to those in need of reliable and thorough tree management service.
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I can’t say enough positive comment about James and Vista Tree. We were “ghosted” by 2 other tree management companies last fall. James came by and provided separate quotes for two very large trees on our property, both of which were a challenge to severely prune. They were a hazard and had to be addressed. The quotes were delivered the next day after assessment. The team was here on two separate days (April 30 and May 7). They were efficient, professional and most importantly safe. Hollis, the arborist who climbed the trees was friendly and communicated everything he was doing to the trees as well as any changes he made once he was up in the tree. The other members of the crew (Syd and Pete, I can’t remember the others) were professional and friendly. They cleaned everything up and were open to any suggestions we had regarding disposal of the wood. I would highly recommend this company. We will be having them back again to do more work, in the fall.
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Leaside neighbours take note!! Exceptional and professional service from start to finish. The team at Vista Tree Management responded to an urgent and critical situation. They were efficient, skilled and courteous. They handled the tree removal with precision and left our backyard immaculate. I highly recommend this team for your tree removal needs. They beat the competition by $1000+
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James and his team did a great job pruning and trimming our old silver maple. James answered all my questions, provided expert advice and had his team do the work shortly after. The workers were professional, cleaned the space well, and were really efficient. Would definitely recommend Vista Tree management!
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James was great! Very professional and you can definitely tell he knows what he’s talking about. They provided a quote in a timely manner booked us in for the tree pruning within a few days afterwards. The job was done quickly, professionally and the crew was friendly and polite. They cleaned up everything once the work was completed. Highly recommend!
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Safe, fast, personable team - did a great job with tree trimming and removal! Note: the removal of a tree was not on the original scope and they still made it happen!
By the end of the day, I wouldn’t have even known they were there.
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Very Happy with the professional advice and service we received from Vista which was promptly done. The follow-up to ensure we were happy with the work was appreciated.
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Highly recommend! Michal came by first to take a look at things and provide the estimate. He’s obviously passionate about what he does and I learned a ton about my tree that I had no idea about! He gave me the confidence I needed to schedule the work. James and the “J-Crew” arrived on the scheduled day and were super friendly. The team did an amazing job with trimming my large overgrown maple and a fantastic cleanup job. My yard looked better than before they arrived. Will definitely have them back for future maintenance! Thanks Vista!
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Great service from a great crew of people! The team was amazing from consulting on best ways to tackle the project, safely removing the trees and making sure the job was done to satisfaction. Would highly recommend and definitely use them again.
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These guys are incredibly professional and by far the best arborist that have visited our home. And we've had many!

What impressed me the most was throughout their only concern was safety for my family and our property. With that and that only in mind they made all the cuts and changes that were required. When they left, I felt the most relief I felt about the trees in our backyard in a long time.

Truly appreciate your hard work and will highly recommend you in the future!
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After doing a fair bit of research into Toronto-based arborists, we decided to go with Vista, and are very happy we did! From my first meeting with Mike when he came to give us a free quote, I was impressed with his knowledge and professionalism. Mike and his crew were punctual on the day they came to prune the deadwood from our very large Red Oak tree, answered my questions, and worked for 7 hours straight to get the job done. We were impressed from beginning to end, and wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again!
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These guys are the best! Very professional, easy to work with and very nice people.
James was amazing in communication and and arranging everything. He is a wonderful person and professional. I had 4 different companies for the quotes and Vista Tree were the best by every criteria I had in mind. After the work was done they cleaned the whole territory even the mess that was here before them. I would definitely recommend them and will call them again when I need any tree work done. Thanks!

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