Forsyth County Tree Ordinance

Recognizing the significant environmental, economic, and social benefit of trees, the Forsyth County Tree Ordinance provides standards that guide development and incorporate trees into land use planning. Establishing a healthy and sustainable urban and community forest will preserve and enhance the quality of life within the county, while at the same time enhance economic growth and development. The Tree Ordinance requires that all commercial and industrial sites and major residential subdivisions maintain a minimum tree density following development. Tree removal by homeowners on their property is exempt from the requirements of the Tree Ordinance.

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Staff Contact

Greg Wallace | County Arborist
Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development
110 E. Main Street, Suite 100 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(770) 205-4562 direct | (770) 781-2115 main

Tree Protection Commission

The Forsyth County Tree Protection Commission consists of five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners. They are tasked with reviewing and making recommendations regarding amendments to the Tree Ordinance and hearing any appeal of a decision authorized by the Tree Ordinance.

Members:
John Allison
Peter Bond
Brian Cole
Avery Howell
Doug Pattillo

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a permit to remove a tree in my yard?

No, you may remove a tree on your residential property without a permit.  Trees located in stream buffers or exterior buffers may only be removed if they are dead or hazardous.

I am concerned about the health of my tree. Who do I call to evaluate it?

Consulting Arborists specialize in individual tree care and provide professional services including tree health evaluation, tree risk assessment and other advice related to tree care.  Be sure to hire a Certified Arborist credentialed by the International Society of Arboriculture.  An online search for Certified Arborists is available on their website at: http://treesaregood.com/findanarborist/findanarborist.aspx

There is a dead tree on my neighbor’s property, can the County require the owner to remove it?

No, this issue is a civil matter that must be settled between the parties involved or possibly the civil court system.

Can I clear all the trees from my property?

Timber harvesting and other forestry management practices are permissible only in Agricultural Zoning Districts.  Property that has been clear cut is NOT eligible for rezoning for three years following the clear cutting.

Contact Us

 Address: 110 East Main Street
Suite 100
Cumming, GA 30040
 Phone: 770-781-2115
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

Our department's mission is to develop partnerships with all members of the community in an effort to provide valuable planning and development services that promote quality development and help create communities that will be enjoyed for generations to come.