Tree ordinances play an important role in building healthy and sustainable urban and community forests. A well-designed tree ordinance can take months or years for communities to write, but can provide many benefits to people living in the community.
The Tree Ordinance Development Guidebook was designed to assist communities in the revision of existing or the development of new tree ordinances. The guidebook provides information ranging from forming a working group to developing a draft tree ordinance. A tree ordinance evaluation form helps communities identify their own unique situation and future needs. This sample tree ordinance will help you get started.