Toronto

Common (and uncommon) reasons for wanting to fell trees

There are some common reasons people give to the city when applying for a permit to remove a tree but city staff have passed on some uncommon - and downright strange - reasons as well.

1 homeowner told city that sap from tree hinders use of a clothesline, staff say

Homeowners have some very interesting reasons why they want permission to cut down trees on their properties, Toronto city staff say. (CBC)

Some of the most common reasons people give to the city when applying for a permit to remove a tree are that its roots are destroying walkways and foundations, that the trees are dying or damaged, or that they want to make way for a construction project.

In addition to those commonplace reasons, homeowners in the past few months have told city staff they want to remove a tree because:

  • The tree is used as a perch for birds.
  • The applicant has requested accommodation ... under the Human Rights Code due to the position of the tree in front of the main door.
  • Sap hinders the use of a clothesline.
  • A homeowner stated that his fir tree was "causing him to be stressed" because its needles were being tracked into the house and stepped on by his toddler.
  • Concerns regarding injury and property damage due to falling walnuts.
  • The tree is "in conflict with the new architectural and landscape vision for the property, based on a Japanese aesthetic with asymmetrical plantings."

 In all of the examples listed above community councils have either denied or deferred the application for a permit.

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