Tree Ordinance Administration

General James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia in 1733 and one of the first ordinances in the new colony was a prohibition against cutting trees, stating “No tree may be cut without the express permission of Noble Jones”. The purpose of the Landscape and Tree Ordinance is to protect and maintain the urban forest through the management of the impact of development, to preserve the environmental and aesthetic assets of the community through requirements for tree planting and landscaping, and provide protection from removal without a permit for all trees within the City of Savannah. The provisions of the Landscape and Tree Ordinance apply to all property in the city being developed or redeveloped for commercial, industrial, institutional, multi-family and single family subdivisions.

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