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Do you plan to build your garden by planting one or more trees, or hedges in your garden? Be aware of the regulations in force.

Maximum height of trees and garden hedges

Maximum height of trees and garden hedges

Maximum height: what does the civil code say?

A garden hedge should not exceed 2 m high if you planted it at less than 2 m from the fence. There is no height limit for hedges planted more than 2 m from the edge of your lot.

If your hedge is near a junction, it should not exceed 1 m high. The height is calculated from the level of the roadway and the distance concerned goes from the center of the crossroads to 50 m.

The height of a tree is measured from the ground to the highest point of the tree.

The maximum height of a tree on your lot depends on how far it is from the boundary of your property. A tree can not go beyond 2 m high if he is planted less than 2 m from the edge of your lot. On the other hand, there is no height limit for trees that are planted more than 2 m from the boundary of your land.

Our advice for your hedge and tree plantations in your garden

When planting a tree on your property within 2 m of your fence, consider estimating the potential height of the chosen species, or if necessary to prune your tree regularly so that it can not exceed 2 m above.

If you do not respect the maximum height for a tree located less than 2 m from the neighboring land, your neighbor may force you to cut it.

This regulation may be rendered obsolete in your municipality if there are different specific provisions specified by municipal bylaw. For more information, inquire at your town hall.


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