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Construction by City-Owned Trees

 Are you doing some improvements to your house or yard this year near City-owned trees?  If so, you are required to protect them from any construction, demolition or landscaping work you may do.

The Forestry Bylaw #2002-48  and the Regina Urban Forest Management Strategy - Appendix G  (a.k.a. Tree Protection Guidelines) protect City-owned trees. The Bylaw, along with these guidelines, outline what can and can't be done when working around City-owned trees.

If you have trees that may be affected by your work, please contact the City at 306-777-7000 and your request will be forwarded to the Forestry Technician to arrange a site inspection before you start the work. The Technician will be able to tell you if the trees are City-owned or privately owned. If the trees are on City property, and construction activities will occur closer than 5 m to the trees, the Technician will help you determine what type of tree protection will be needed.

Before construction

You must complete and submit a Tree Preservation Plan for the site to the Forestry Technician 2 working days prior to the start of construction. The plan must incorporate the Requirements for Construction Near Trees on Public Land outlined in section 6.1.5 of the Tree Protection Guidelines. 

The Tree Preservation Plan must include the following items:

  • Show the location of all existing trees on the site.
  • Determine viable alternatives for preserving the existing trees.
  • Determine the tree protection requirements for the site.
  • Determine any possible conflicts especially those requiring tree removal, relocation or new plantings on boulevards.
  • Identify the access roadway to the site.
  • Determine if clearance pruning is needed before the starting construction work.

Tree removal

If you need to remove a tree before work begins, you will need to obtain the approval of the Director of Community Services. Please refer to the Tree Removal section for information on how to do this.

If you have any questions about construction, the City-owned trees adjacent to your property or other City trees, call the City at 306-777-7000.