Tree Ordinance

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 Charlotte Tree Advisory Commission, on behalf of The Mayor and City Council, an​nually 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.

​Charlotte Urban Forestry - Tree Planting and Preservation Requirements - Standard Notes
(updated 1/26/2022)​