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In this part of the Tree Ordinance Construction Zone you’ll find current information on some of the most effective, unique, and innovative approaches to tree regulation in Georgia.  Here we also provide a focus on the community tree issues addressed through tree ordinances.  You’ll also find the latest news on what’s happening in tree regulation around Georgia and throughout the U.S.  

This information changes monthly, so visit us regularly to see WHAT’S NEW!


Click here to find out the latest on tree regulation in Georgia and throughout the U.S.


For each featured tree ordinance we provide a brief community profile, tree ordinance development history, summary of the tree ordinance’s content, and describe administration and enforcement processes.  We also highlight unique features that the community uses to meet its community forest management goals.

This month we are featuring the City of Savannah Landscape and Tree Protection Ordinance.  It uses a system of assigning tree quality points and landscape quality points to trees, shrubs and landscape plants for its tree density requirements.  Explore this historic city’s tree ordinance further by clicking here.


There are many issues commonly facing those responsible for managing community trees and developing, administering, implementing, enforcing and complying with tree ordinances.  For each featured issue, we show you some of the approaches taken by communities to successfully address the issue, one or more of which may work for your community.

This month we are providing some information on the importance of legal review of your tree ordinance draftClick here to learn more.


Do you have a question about tree ordinances?  We’re sure you’re not the only one!

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to explore some of the common questions people have about ordinances, and look at some answers provided by professionals with experience in tree ordinance administration, implementation, and compliance.

Tree topping results in the proliferation of sprouts off the ends of the topped limbs, which grow quickly and are weakly attached.  Topping is an unacceptable practice.  To reduce tree height if necessary (most of the time it is not), crown reduction pruning is recommended.