Have Your Say: Natural Gardens in the City

The City is considering removing the requirement for natural garden exemption permits and is seeking feedback from Toronto residents. In removing the need for an exemption permit, residents may grow a natural garden on their property without City involvement.


Natural gardens are created with native and non-native plants and managed within a specific boundary.  They have environmental benefits and can create a habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Unlike neglected properties, a natural garden must be in compliance with the City's Grass and Weeds bylaw and will not contain overgrown plants or invasive weeds. 


Feedback from the public consultation will inform a report to the City's Planning and Housing Committee later this year.


Have Your Say

Date: Deadline for submissions is March 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Details: Learn more about Natural Gardens and submit feedback by clicking here.