Street Tree Ordinances
– primarily cover the planting and removal of trees within
public rights-of-way. These often contain provisions governing maintenance
or removal of private trees which pose hazards to the traveling
public. Often included in this category are ordinances with tree
Tree Protection Ordinances – primarily directed
at providing protection for trees with historical significance or
those native to the area. These usually require that a permit be
obtained before protected trees can be removed, encroached upon
or even pruned.
View Ordinances – primarily designed to
help resolve resulting conflicts between owners when trees block
views or sunlight.
Street tree ordinances tend to be more common than tree protection
ordinances although many cities incorporate elements of both. View
ordinances tend to be less common with most of these being “self-enforcing”
– that is, a set of procedures was set forth through which
private parties could resolve conflicts without governmental intervention.