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Sources for More Information

Bulletin #9: How to Write a Municipal Tree Ordinance

The best way to get additional information about tree ordinances is to look at those in use around the country. Many are now online and available by typing “tree ordinances” into your favorite search engine. Add a city or state name to narrow the search and zero in on places that might be similar to your circumstances.

Helpful Publications

U.S. Landscape Ordinances: An Annotated Reference Handbook by Buck Abbey, and other useful references.


Online Publication

Guidelines for Developing and Evaluating Tree Ordinances by by E. Bernhardt and T. Swiecki, California Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection–Urban & Community Forestry. Available via Phytosphere Research.

Last Updated: 07/27/18