Public vs Private Trees
The St .John's Tree Regulation came into effect on April 29, 1991. These regulations govern the protection, maintenance, removal and planting of trees on public streets, parks and open spaces and establish tree protection zones for trees that are located on, or overhang, public property.
Any tree which is located on or overhangs public property is considered a public tree. Anyone wishing to prune, excavate the ground around or remove any public tree must first obtain a complimentary permit from the Department of Public Works, Parks and Open Spaces Division.
If the tree in question is overhanging two private properties and there is no public property affected this is a civil matter and will not be addressed by the City.
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