Is a city of Calgary tree on your property? The city of Calgary has planted thousands of trees throughout the city. The city of Calgary trees are located on what may seem your property but they are actually on city owned landed that fronts your property. City of Calgary homeowners are not allowed to remove a city tree even though it may appear to be on your property, without consent from the City of Calgary parks. You can see what portion of your property is owned by the city by checking your RPR or Real Property Report. The BOW shows where your property ends and where city property begins. You can call the city at 311 to have them determine if the tree in question is a City of Calgary tree
Quite often we find that the most common tree homeowners want to remove are poplar trees. Poplar trees were planted throughout the 1960′ and 70’s in Calgary’s older neighbourhoods like Lake Bonavista, Acadia and many others. The Poplar trees are now huge trees that can cause lots of damage to lawns, driveways and sidewalks. Their extensive root systems can lift concrete and even break concrete structures. As well, the poplars are very fragile trees for their size so after a windstorm you will find branches strewn all over lawns and city streets. Some branches are heavy enough to damage vehicles. This poplar was not a good species for the city to plant and I am sure they regret it now. Regardless of the poplar trees drawbacks, removing poplar trees in Calgary can be quite an ordeal if they are on City property.
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Here are the City of Calgary’s conditions for removing a city Poplar tree.
Poplar tree removal conditions
These are the conditions that must be met:
- The poplar concern cannot be easily remedied through other means and is of significant nuisance.
- The Poplar tree must be a city tree and are typically planted on city boulevards or frontage of your personal property.
- Even though the poplar trees is the City of Calgary tree, the homeowner mist pay for all removal costs.
- The homeowner is responsible for planting a new tree in place of the old poplar tree
- Tree removal must be done by City of Calgary parks.
- A survey of twenty residences must be completed. Ten residences across the street from your property and five residences on either side of your property. Your neighbours must sign the survey and express whether they want the tree to stay or be removed.
Read the full list of conditions here removing Poplar trees in Calgary
Make sure to do your due diligence to find out if a City of Calgary tree is on your property. Check out our trees Calgary page to view photos of trees that would be suitable to plant in you front or back yard.