Guidelines for Developing and Evaluating Tree Ordinances

Basic ordinance provisions (Provisions 1-15)

Basic Ordinance Provisions are typically found in most ordinances, regardless of their purpose. Most of these are basic structural elements necessary for an ordinance to function. You should review all of these basic provisions to determine which should be incorporated into your tree ordinance. The minimum provisions listed in table below should be included in virtually any tree ordinance. In deciding whether to include other basic provisions, you should consider whether they would be appropriate and useful in your community. Municipal legal staff should also be consulted for an opinion on the legal ramifications of including or omitting any of these basic provisions.