Getting Started with Virginia Tree Ordinances

Before you start crafting a tree ordinance for your community, it is important to familiarize yourself with these statutes from the Code of Virginia.

Relevant Commonwealth legislation.  Virginia is a Dillon Rule state.  Therefore, Virginia municipalities have limited power to regulate the activities of their citizens. Creating a municipal tree ordinance requires enabling legislation from the General Assembly. Below are relevant statutes in the Code of Virginia that enable municipalities to create tree ordinances. 

Tree ordinance links.  Check out these websites for additional information on tree ordinances.