Virginia Tree Ordinance Database

Getting Started Before crafting a tree ordinance, it is important to familiarize yourself with these statutes from the Code of Virginia.
Browse ALL Tree Ordinances Look at the whole tree ordinance for our select municipalities.
Dictionary of termsMost ordinances define the terms that are found in the ordinance, search for them here.

Welcome to the Virginia Tree Ordinance Database (VTOD), a repository of municipal ordinances in Virginia that regulate the use, management, and conservation of trees in urbanized areas. The purpose of this website is to provide citizens, professionals, and elected officials with information they can use to craft tree ordinances for their communities.

The website is not a tutorial or instruction manual for writing ordinances. Rather, it provides examples of common tree ordinance terminology and content, which has been excerpted from ordinances of select municipalities across Virginia. To date, 37 municipalities have been catalogued for the database.  More will be added in the future.

VTOD is a project that is a collaboration between Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and Trees Virginia