In addition to the Tree Ordinance Construction Zone you’ve been exploring, there are many resources available to anyone involved in building or rebuilding a tree ordinance.

These resources include:

Tree Ordinance Development Guides

Sample Tree Ordinances

Arboricultural Standards

Professional Assistance

Community Forestry Organizations


Georgia Forestry Commission

The Sustainable Community Forestry Program of the Georgia Forestry Commission has a set of booklets that were designed to aid communities in the revision of existing or development of new tree ordinances.  They are available from your local GFC office or online at under the Resources tab.

The Tree Ordinance Development Guidebook provides detailed information on how to go about the process of building or rebuilding your community’s tree ordinance.

The Recommended Community Tree Ordinance Tree Conservation Standards booklet provides a set of standards for tree conservation, protection, selection, planting, removal, and maintenance.  It also includes a Glossary of Selected Terminologies and Definitions for Community Tree Ordinances.  The use of these standards, terms, and definitions is highly recommended to promote consistency among ordinances throughout Georgia.

The GFC website also offers information on many community forest management topics and on assistance opportunities for your community.  On their website, under the Community Forests tab, you can learn more about:

  • The Sustainable Community Forestry Program and how to contact the SCFP staff
  • Tree Benefits
  • Tree Care
  • Trees & Storm Safety
  • Ask the Arborist
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Planning & Policy
  • Getting Professional Assistance from certified arborists and city/county arborists
  • Georgia Arbor Day
  • Community Forestry Assistance
  • Making the Shade Program
  • Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Tree Line USA Programs

International Society of Arboriculture

The International Society of Arboriculture website at has a 181-page publication titled “Tree Ordinance Guidelines” that includes detailed information on planning for an ordinance, drafting a tree ordinance, and evaluating the urban forest and ordinance performance.  It can be accessed through the Education and Research tab on their website.

The ISA website also offers an extensive set of planting details and specifications in AutoCAD, PDF, and Microsoft Word formats for the green industry.  These planting details and specifications can be included in site plans, tree protection plans, tree conservation plans, and tree ordinances and are designed specifically for use by landscape architects, engineers, architects, contractors, urban foresters, arborists, municipalities, and state agencies.

The ISA also manages an educational website,, that provides quality tree care information to the public.


The Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization that provides programs to make the world a greener and healthier place.  Their website,, provides several resources for communities working on their tree ordinances:

  • Sample City Tree Ordinance, in PDF format (click here to download)
  • Tree City USA program, includes standards for adoption of a tree ordinance
  • TCUSA Bulletin #9, How to Write a Municipal Tree Ordinance, available for purchase
  • TCUSA Bulletin #31, Tree Protection Ordinances, available for purchase


Municode is an ordinance codification and publishing service used by municipalities in Georgia and throughout the United States.  The Municode website at contains an extensive library of ordinances for cities and counties throughout Georgia and the USA that can be accessed for free.  This site is an excellent resource for exploring tree ordinances and approaches to tree regulation in other communities.  You can search the ordinances, share links, print, download, and email ordinances to others from this site.


Several sources of arboricultural standards are commonly utilized by communities and cited in tree ordinances.  Tree conservation standards are included in the GFC booklet described above.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes industry standards for tree care operations that are developed and updated by a broad-based group of experienced, professional arborists.  They include:

  • ANSI A-300 Standard for Tree Care Operations (Parts 1 through 10)
  • ANSI Z-133.1 Safety Standard

Copies of these standards, and associated best management practices, can be purchased on the ISA website at


Georgia Urban Forest Council

The Georgia Forestry Commission provides technical assistance to communities who are building a tree ordinance or working toward achieving Tree City USA status through the Arbor Day Foundation.  One of the requirements for becoming a Tree City is the adoption of a tree ordinance.  Contact a community forester with the Sustainable Community Forestry Program at for further information.

The Georgia Urban Forest Council also provides educational programs on a wide variety of community forest management topics.  Visit their website at to explore the many educational opportunities that they offer.


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Georgia Forestry Commission:

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International Society of Arboriculture:,

Municipal Code Corporation:

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