Common Tree Ordinance Components

After you’ve defined your tree-related issues, vision and goals, you will know what trees and properties you want to regulate in your tree ordinance.  Many issues and goals are common between communities and as a result tree ordinances in Georgia include many common components.

Most tree ordinances include several general components that apply to all trees and properties that are regulated, although the language used may vary considerably.  In addition, they include various components that address public and private property and trees.  Deciding first on which trees and properties you want to regulate based on your vision and goals will guide you toward selecting the general, public property, and private property components to include in your ordinance.


The tree ordinance components that may appear in both public and private tree ordinances are listed below and linked to further information.


The public tree components listed below, with links to further information, are generally included in an ordinance that addresses the management and protection of trees on public property.


The components listed below, with links to further information, most often appear in ordinances that regulate trees on private property–through tree removal permitting or the development permitting processes.