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City of Charlotte Tree Ordinance



Tree Ordinance 


Urban Tree Example at Jefferson Square
Originally adopted in 1978, the Tree Ordinance protects trees in the public right of way, and those on private property as they relate to development. The Ordinance also requires tree planting with new construction. 



  • The City Arborist oversees protection, planting, and maintenance of trees on public property and street trees in the public right-of-way. Permits are required to plant or remove any trees in the right-of-way. When there is a concern about a city street tree, a call can be placed to Landscape Management at 704-336-4262 for inspection. 

    Contact: City Arborist at Landscape Management, 704-336-4262
  • The Urban Forestry staff oversees tree protection and planting of trees on commercial properties and in new residential subdivisions since March 19, 2002. Urban foresters do plan review, approval and inspection on private property. Click on Land Development Inspections/Project Area Territory Map for their areas and phone numbers.

    Contact: Gary Turner, Urban Forestry Specialist, 704-517-5664

Charlotte Mecklenburg 2008 Urban Ecosystem Analysis

Charlotte's Crown Tree Awards Nomination Form
The Charlotte Tree Advisory Commission, on behalf of The Mayor and City Council, annually presents Charlotte's Crown Tree Awards in four different categories.  These awards recognize excellence in tree preservation, tree planting, and tree advisory.  To be eligible, the site must have been complete for one year.  Please use this form (Charlotte's Crown Tree Awards Nomination Form) to nominate outstanding tree preservation and/or planting projects in Charlotte.

Tree Ordinance Checklists, Guidelines, and Suggested Details

Approved Tree and Shrub List - Click and scroll down to Section IV., Page 17 of the Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual (CLDSM).