Cutting tree permit. City of Saint-Jean
In order to protect its tree heritage, the City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu has put in place provisions governing the maintenance and felling of trees by property owners. Property owners must ensure that their trees are properly maintained in order to promote their health and extend their life span as much as possible. The by-law describes a tree as a woody plant with a stem diameter of at least 10 cm (at breast height). In the context of this by-law, cedars in a hedge are not affected.
What is tree removal?
The term felling does not only refer to the complete cutting of a tree. It also includes topping or pollarding, which is the act of cutting the top of a tree. Removing more than 50% of a tree's roots or covering them with excessive fill of 15 cm or more is also considered felling. The same is true for any intervention that may result in the death of a tree. These practices are prohibited and illegal unless specifically authorized by the City.