Landscaping Toronto FAQ

In Toronto, unless you are planning on building a patio that exceeds 3’ above the existing grade, no permit is required.

A building permit takes, can take anywhere from 5 to 20 business days depending on the project’s size & class determination, and whether or not all required documents align with Toronto zoning and by law requirements. Residents can apply for the Residential FASTTRACK, which is a maximum of 100 m2 of construction; this process can take 5-7 business days

• For porches and decks over 3’: $198.59
• For retaining walls over 3’: $11.43/linear metre
• For pool fence enclosures: $198.59
• For accessory residential buildings and structures, e.g. garages, porches, balconies, and additions less than 10m2: $82.11

These are the typical permits that landscaping jobs will require in Toronto

Yes, a detailed landscape plan will be required for permit application in Toronto. Additional drawings including: sections, elevations, and details may also be requested, as well as the survey for the lot to show accurate property lines.

Yes, here at GTA our team of designers can assist you with your permit application, and submission – all that we require from you is the existing survey done for your property completed by a Toronto surveyor.

Toronto by-laws state that construction noise is allowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and not allowed on Sundays and/or statutory holidays. If the work being done does not produce noise however, the hours of operation can extend later into evenings

As long as we can fit a wheelbarrow through your alley, laneway, or garage we will be able to complete the job. That beings said it will take much longer to complete without the aid of any heavy machinery, so expect the price to be a little bit higher. If machinery is required, we usually take out a section of the fence and put it back in once the job is complete

o Sand/silty sand close to lake Ontario
o Deposits of silt clay in heart of downtown Toronto
o The rest is silty sand

Current landscaping trends in the city are minimalistic. This is because many residential Toronto lots cannot facilitate many other types of designs. Furthermore the minimalism can look good with any style of house or building architecture however modern architecture always looks better with minimalist gardens and landscapes.

Here at GTA Landscaping we start and finish building interlocking based on the onset of frost in the ground. That means anytime the temperature is above 3 degrees Celsius, we are able to construct interlocking.

That all depends on the lot size that you have, in downtown Toronto the lots can be very narrow, (16’ across), which would mean a patio roughly 12’x10’ while larger lots can be anywhere from 12’x16’ or even 14’x16’

Access is the number one issue when working in the downtown core of Toronto. This restricted access is not limited to the house or site we work on – the narrow one-way streets and avenues pose a problem for material delivery and storage. Furthermore traffic is always worse downtown than anywhere else so timing things perfectly is harder to do when it relies on the volume of cars on the road.

Usually around mid March but it really depends on the weather. We do interlocking all throughout winter as well when it is above 3 degrees Celsius. Basically as long as the ground is not frozen it’s good to go. This is because when ground freezes it expands and if we lay interlocking and then it thaws in spring, the pavers will settle and will not look good or be flat.

The earliest month you want to start planting in Toronto is usually May, but you have to make sure that the frost has left the ground; otherwise the safety of your plant is definitely in jeopardy.

The average price for an interlocking patio varies and is dependant on a number of factors. For example if access is not large enough for bobcat to get through then the price will be higher due to all the work being done by labourers. In terms of average price it ranges anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000.

When looking at the price of interlocking vs. concrete there are a couple of factors to consider. First concrete requires much less labour and material cost. Second interlocking will last longer than pavers. The average or approximate price of interlocking is $16.00/square foot whereas concrete’s price is approximately $12.00/square foot.