The by-law on the protection of trees aims to ensure sound management of the forest cover in urban areas by providing guidelines on cutting down trees within Gatineau.
Any person wishing to cut down a tree on their property must obtain a certificate of authorization from Ville de Gatineau. This certificate is required for any hardwood tree with a diameter of 10 cm or more measured 1.30 m from the ground, and for any softwood tree measuring 2 m or more in height. As well, that certificate is required to cut down any tree that is the last remaining one in a front yard, regardless of its dimensions.
A tree may only be cut down for the following reasons:
Depending on the number of trees already standing on the property, Gatineau may require that the owner replace the tree that has been cut down within the time stated on the certificate of authorization. The replacement tree must measure no less than 250 cm for a hardwood and 150 cm for a softwood at the time that it is planted.
Regularly check to make sure that your ash tree has not been infested with emerald ash borer. Go to gatineau.ca to find out how to recognize ash trees and signs of infestation. Do not wait until it becomes a hazard before cutting it down, and be sure to get your certificate before you do.
You may at any time consult Info-D-TRI-TUS on the municipal Web site to find out how to dispose of green residues, including tree branches, in an ecological manner.
The information provided in this pamphlet is based on Gatineau by-laws 501-2005 and 502-2005, and is published for information purposes. It does not replace any of the provisions contained in the official by-law.