Sample Tree Ordinances

Are you looking for a model tree ordinance?

No single tree ordinance from another community will perfectly fit your community’s needs.  However, you may want to look at some sample tree ordinances to guide you in drafting your ordinance.  The Arbor Day Foundation has a sample city tree ordinance, and you can explore ordinances from Georgia communities (and communities throughout the country) on the Municode website.


If you are interesting in creating a public tree ordinance, take a look at the Arbor Day Foundation’s Sample City Tree Ordinance.  It is often used by communities as the basis for developing their first tree ordinance, modified of course to meet their specific situation.


Municode is an ordinance codification and publishing service used by most municipalities in Georgia and many 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.

If you want to see tree ordinances from other communities in Georgia, visit the Municode Library of ordinances from Georgia communities.  Review the tree ordinances from surrounding communities in your county or region or tree ordinances that have been mentioned by citizens or your development team members to be of interest.

On the Municode website, once you’ve navigated to the community of interest, search on the word “tree” to get a list of tree-related regulations in the community, or look in the code’s table of contents for the tree ordinance.  Remember that the tree ordinance might be found in the design standards, environment, landscaping, natural resources, planning, trees, vegetation, or zoning section of the code, or in the unified development code.

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Crapemyrtle trees (Lagerstroemia indica) that have been expertly pruned over the years growing on the University of Georgia campus.  NO TOPPING has ever been done on these trees and they are healthy, beautiful and structurally sound.