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 of Charlotte adopted Tree Ordinance, City Code Chapter 21, is available for review online. Various interpretations and guidelines are also available for information on sections of the ordinance on the
Tree Ordinance Guidelines page.
Land development permitting and rezoning processes
The Urban Forestry team oversees the protection and planting of all trees in public street right of way and on private property within the land development permitting and rezoning processes. Urban forestry specialists on staff conduct plan review/approval and inspection.
Click on Land Development Inspections/Project Area Territory Map for their areas and phone numbers.
Tree management and maintenanceThe City Arborist Office oversees protection, planting, and maintenance of trees on public property and street trees in the public right-of-way outside of land development permitting and rezoning processes. 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.
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.
Nominate outstanding tree preservation and/or planting projects in Charlotte.
A PDF-format list of standard notes regarding Plant Material, Planting Requirements, Utility Issues, and Tree Save and Protection for use on Land Development plans is available
Charlotte Urban Forestry - Tree Planting and Preservation Requirements.
Urban Forestry Team
Henry Kunzig, Urban Forestry Supervisor
City Arborist's Office
UF Tree Planting and Preservation Standard Notes (updated 1/26/2022)
Tree Ordinance Guidelines
Urban Forestry inspector areas map
Approved tree and shrub list (page 17)
Urban Forest Master Plan
Charlotte Tree Awards nomination
Tree Work Permit
Planting Delay Request Form
North Carolina Utilities Commission vegetation management policy (updated Dec. 2015)