Tree Ordinance Development Guides


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.

Tree Ord Dev Guidebook

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

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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


The International Society of Arboriculture website at has a 181-page publication, Tree Ordinance Guidelines, that includes detailed information on planning for an ordinance, drafting a tree ordinance, and evaluating the urban forest and ordinance performance.

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