Tree Ordinance

About the Ordinance

In 2005, Athens-Clarke County created the Community Tree Management Ordinance to sustain and enhance the functions and benefits of trees and the community forest for its citizens. It is designed to utilize trees for their value and positive effects on air quality, water quality, stormwater runoff, local climate, environmental health, property values, business revenues, scenic quality, urban design, human health and well being, outdoor recreation, forest products, and wildlife.

The ordinance strives to maintain at least 45% canopy cover in Athens-Clarke County. It works towards this goal by requiring the conservation and replanting of the tree canopy and street and parking lot trees during development.

This page has been created to simplify and explain the major topics covered in the tree ordinance. It is intended to be a guide and not a substitute for the actual ordinance. The Athens-Clarke County Arborist is available to answer any ordinance-related questions.