Tree cutting permit

Cutting a tree with trunk diameter of more than ten (10) centimetres, measured at thirty (30) centimetres from the ground, within the side and rear setbacks is strictly prohibited.

Tree cutting is prohibited throughout Municipality of Chelsea territory, except in the following instances:

a.             the tree is dead or has an incurable disease;

b.            the tree threatens the safety of persons;

c.             the tree threatens the growth or health of neighbouring trees;

d.            the tree is causing damage to public or private property;

e.             the tree must be felled to make way for construction;

                        f.             the tree must be felled to permit construction or enhanced use of a building or structure pursuant to this by-law.  

All applications for tree cutting certificate shall be submitted by email (peferably) or in writing to the administering authority. The owner shall include the following information for the application:

                       a.              name, address, and telephone number of owner;

b.              Scale certificate of location (property survey) with the exact location of the trees to be cut as well as a photo of each one                          clearly identified on the plan. 

c.              Name, address and telephone number of the person carrying out the work;

d.              name, address, and telephone number of the registered professional forester (if possible);

e.               cadastre identification of the lot where the tree cutting is to take place;

f.               description of species (initial basal area and name of forest stand).

* Note that no fee applies to the permit.

If a visit of your property is needed, we will contact you. 

For all questions contact Corinne Lemay-Lafontaine


News release concerning the Emerald Ash Borer - May 7th, 2013

May 7, 2013, Ottawa: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has expanded its regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Ontario and Quebec.

The changes in regulated areas, which are intended to slow the spread of the EAB by restricting the movement of ash materials, result from new detections of the beetle in 2012.

Bruce County has been added to the existing regulated area—which includes the Cities of Hamilton and Toronto, the Regional Municipalities of Chatham-Kent, Durham, York, Peel, Halton, Niagara and Waterloo and the Counties of Brant (including the City of Brantford), Elgin, Essex, Haldimand, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth and Wellington in Ontario.

Frontenac County in Ontario, and Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) des Collines-de-l'Outaouais and Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) de Papineau in Quebec have been added to the existing regulated area—which includes the city of Ottawa, the united counties of Leeds and Grenville and Prescott and Russell in Ontario and the city of Gatineau in Quebec.

Ville de Laval and Agglomération de Longueuil have been added to the existing regulated area—which includes the municipalities of Carignan, Chambly, Richelieu, Saint-Basile-le-Grand and Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu in Quebec has been merged with the existing regulated area which had included the cities ofMontréal, Baie-d’Urfé, Beaconsfield, Côte-Saint-Luc, Dollard-Des Ormeaux, Dorval, Hampstead, Kirkland,L’Île-Dorval, Montreal East, Montreal West, Mont-Royal, Pointe-Claire, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Senneville and Westmount in Quebec.

All other regulated areas remain unchanged.

The movement of all ash tree materials and all firewood out of the regulated areas will be restricted. Those who move these materials from a regulated area without prior permission from the CFIA could face fines and/or prosecution.

Although the emerald ash borer does not pose a risk to human health, it is a highly destructive beetle that has already killed millions of ash trees in Ontario and the north eastern United States. It poses a major economic threat to urban and forested areas of North America.

The CFIA continues to work with its partners and stakeholders towards slowing the spread of the emerald ash borer. Efforts are underway to develop a revised management approach, which will take effect in 2014. Details of this approach will be shared in the coming months.

To access the electronic version of this news release and for a list of all the areas regulated for the beetle, including maps, can be found by clicking here.