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.
Greg Wallace | County Arborist
Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development
110 E. Main Street, Suite 100 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(770) 205-4562 | (770) 781-2197 fax
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.
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.
No, this issue is a civil matter that must be settled between the parties involved or possibly the civil court system.
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.