Understanding Tree Ordinances

One of the first steps in building a better tree ordinance is to understand what tree ordinances can do, and what they cannot—or should not—do.  In the following pages, we’ll explore the purposes of tree ordinances, the types of tree ordinances, and provide a brief description of common tree ordinance components found throughout Georgia.

Trees growing in riparian buffers and on steep slopes provide erosion control, reduce stormwater runoff and shade streams.