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Cutting Down Small Trees In Toronto

Small trees are those that don’t require a permit to remove. On this page, we’re going to discuss the cutting down small trees in Toronto, including whats involved in small tree removal prices.

Vista Tree specializes in professional removal of small trees in Toronto. Before taking action, consult our certified arborists for guidance how to best take care of your small tree and hedge problems. Whether your small tree is healthy or hazardous, trust our expertise for informed advice and safe removal.

If your tree requires a permit, you’ll have to read our other page costs of large tree removal.

Below, you’ll find general information and FAQs about the gist of taking out a small tree.

You can also read about our Fair Price Guarantee.


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Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, our tree services are tailored to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

We provide options for tree care customized to your budget and discerning tastes.

Cost of Small Tree Removal FAQ

No matter how big or small the project, knowing what it will cost is key. It’s impossible to assess different estimates and offers without understanding a bit about the work you’re trying to buy, and the factors that might increase or decrease the cost. On this page, we’ll discuss the factors that affect the price of removing a small tree in Toronto and some options to reduce overall costs from any professional tree care company.

Small tree removal cost comes down to a few basic factors: the harder, more dangerous and more time consuming it is, the more it will cost. Consider what steps you can take to reduce your costs, and shop around to see what the best options are for your timeline and budget for removing a big tree.

Price to Cut Down Small Trees

What’s included in the price of removing a small tree?

Generally speaking, when you get a quote for removing a small tree you’ll be paying for having the tree safely cut down and all the debris removed. We include the cost of clean up and disposal of the wood in the cost of the job.

If you’re looking to have the stump removed as well, this can be included or not depending on your preference.

What is the price range for small tree removal?

For us, a “small tree” is small enough not to need a permit to remove. That means it is smaller than 10 inches diameter at about 4-5ft off the ground.

The average cost to remove a small tree would be anywhere from $350+tax to a max of $1800+tax. Since you don’t need a tree permit for a small tree, it is cheaper than the cost of removing a large tree.

In some rare situations, a small tree may cost more to remove due to site conditions. For example, if the tree can only be accessed through a house, or is in a very dangerous position or situation.
These situations are very rare.

The vast majority of small trees we cut down are quite straightforward.

What is the easiest way to save money on cutting down a small tree?

  1. Keep your tree in good condition – the harder or more dangerous it is to remove the more costly it will be.
  2. If you do not want to keep a tree, remove it before it grows bigger than 30cm diameter at breast height as this is the cut off for tree removal permits in Toronto.
  3. Get the work done in the slow season, winter.

Do you provide free quotes?

Yes! We will come and let you know exactly what the small tree removal cost for you would be, the timeline and process involved. We provide written estimates through our online client portal allowing you to view your quote, request changes and schedule work.

We never work without a written contract in advance of the job clearly stating the scope of work.

Small Tree Removal Basics

Do I need a permit to cut down a small tree in Toronto?

Unless there are specific circumstances such as the tree being city-owned, you do not need a permit to remove a small tree on your property so long as it is smaller than 30cm diameter at breast height.

The tree permit process in Toronto only applies to trees over a certain size or in select other circumstances.

What counts as a small tree?

Very small / tiny trees: you can wrap your hands around the trunk and your fingers touch on both sides. For example, a sapling or tree with a trunk about 4-6 inches wide at your chest level. Most shrubs and hedges will also fit this category.

Small trees: A tree with a trunk that is smaller than a telephone pole at chest level, but bigger than the very small tree size specified above.

Small and very small trees don’t require a permit to remove in the City of Toronto and most of the GTA. This means you can cut them down at any time.

Where does the wood go after a small tree removal?

Most small trees are small enough to fit in our chipper, meaning that the tree and its wood will be turned into wood chips. These are often available for free to residents through getchipdrop.com, but also may be dropped for schools, businesses, farms, non-profits and cemeteries. When these drop sites aren’t available or if the wood chips are contaminated, we will dispose of them through private or public dump sites for a fee.

How long does it take to cut down a small tree?

How soon can I get my small tree cut down?

We like to accommodate smaller tree removal jobs in between our large removals. This gives our crew a variety of work and a rest in between hard jobs. As such, smaller work tends to be booked faster than bigger work.

However, professional tree care companies book out work weeks in advance. If you need it done ASAP, there may be a few options available for scheduling. That said, you’re unlikely to find a reputable tree care company who can do the job well, fast and cheap during the busiest months of the year.

How long does it take to remove a small tree?

The vast majority of small tree removals take a few hours to a day. The biggest factor is how difficult it is to access the tree to remove the wood and debris / clean up. The other influencing factors are the complexity of the job – if it is in the midst of lots of obstacles or otherwise risky or dangerous.

About Our Small Tree Removal Service

Are you certified and insured?

Absolutely! We’re proud to be Certified Arborists with great insurance to protect our clients, staff and business.

Our Insurance:

  • We have $5 million in liability insurance (certificate available).
  • WSIB coverage for all our staff (certificate available).
  • Extra insurance for any accidents on the site or on the road.

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City Compliance Orders

I was issued a City Compliance order and told to remove my small tree – what should I do?

City Compliance orders are rarer for small trees, but you should take it seriously and get quotes for removing the tree ASAP to ensure you can comply. The faster you get quotes, the more time you’ll have to manage and negotiate the process.

Removing Neighbour Trees and Boundary Trees

I think my neighbour should share the cost for removing a small tree between our houses, what should I do?

Talk to them! Neighbour problems come up a lot in tree work.

Being proactive in advance is the best way to deal with neighbour problems around tree care and maintenance, whether it is a big tree removal or any other tree care service. This is especially true if it is a neighbour tree you’re worried about.

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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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