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Some Texas Municipal Tree Ordinances
(Accuracy not guaranteed - please check with individual communities for updates and addendums)

2012 Update

Texas Tree Ordinances
Public Tree Care:
Austin, Buffalo Gap, Burleson, Cedar Hill, Colleyville, Coppell, El Paso, Euless, Flower Mound, Fort Hood, Fort Worth, Grande Prairie, Highland Village, Houston, Irving, Keller, Killeen, Lake Jackson, Laredo, Lufkin, Muenster, New Braunfels, Odessa, Pflugerville, Piney Point Village, Plano, Richardson, Rockport, Sachse, Shenandoah, Sonora, The Colony, Victoria, Waco, West University Place, Westlake
Tree Preservation:
Abilene, Allen, Austin, Bedford, Bunker Hill Village, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Colleyville, Columbus, Coppell, Dickenson, Duncanville, Frisco, Grapevine, Helotes, Hewig Village, Hillshire Village, Houston, Hunters Creek Village, Ingleside, Kennedale, La Porte, Lake Dallas, Lancaster, League City, Little Elm, Lockhart, Mansfield, McKinney, Mesquite, North Richland Hills, Oak Point, Orange, Paris, Pearland, Pflugerville, Roanoke, Rockwall, Round Rock, Rowlett, Sachse, San Antonio, San Marcos, Seabrook, Shenandoah, Sunset Valley, The Colony, Weatherford, West Lake Hills
Abilene, Addison, Alamo Heights, Allen, Amarillo, Austin, Balch Springs, Baytown, Beaumont, Bryan, Burleson, Burnet, Cleveland, Commerce, Crowley, Del Rio, Denison, Denton, Dickenson, El Paso, Euless, Flower Mound, Fredericksburg, Friendsburg, Grapevine, Helotes, Hidalgo, Highland Village, Houston, Irving, Jersey Village, La Marque, La Porte, Lake Jackson, Lampasas, League City, Lewisville, Lorena, Mansfield, Marble Falls, McAllen, Mesquite, Midland, Missouri City, Nacogdoches, North Richland Hills, Pasadena, Pflugerville, Port Aransas, Portland, Richardson, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Rockwall, Rowlett, Saginaw, San Antonio, San Marcos, Sealy, Shenandoah, Shertz, Stafford, Sugar Land, Sunset Valley, Texarkana, The Colony, Tomball, Waco, Weatherford, Webster, Wichita Falls
Landscape and Tree Preservation:
Arlington, Conroe, Dallas, Edinburg, Fort Worth, Gainsville, Georgetown, Leon Valley, Melissa, New Braunfels
Technical Manuals:
Arlington, Austin, College Station, Conroe, Corpus Christi, Edinburg, El Paso, Fort Worth, Lakeway, Pflugerville, Round Rock, San Antonio, Schertz, Southlake, Tomball
Oak Wilt and Diseased Trees:
Amarillo, Boerne, Hill Country Village, Hunters Creek Village, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Sunset Valley, West Lake Hills
Obstructions and Clearance:
Alice, Alvin, Amarillo, Angleton, Bridge City, Bryan, Colleyville, Copperas Cove, Decatur, Eagle Pass, Fort Stockton, Grande Prairie, Haltom, Henrietta, Hewitt, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Kaufman, Kerrville, La Porte, Lampasas, Laredo, League City, McAllen, Midland, Missouri City, Odessa, Orange, Pasadena, Rockport, Rockwall, Seguin, Texarkana
Allen, Deer Park, Gainsville, Mission, Oak Ridge North, Port Arthur, Princeton
Angleton, Corpus Christi, Richwood

Thanks to Texas Forest Service and AgriLife for assisting with this information



Texas Tree Ordinance Definitions
ANSI Park Tree List, Qualified
Arboriculture Specifications Manual Parkway Area Tree Mitigation Plan
Arborist Peninsula Tree Preservation Analysis
Arborist, Certified Permeable Surface Tree Preservation Zone
Bark Protection Permit, Pruning Tree Technical Manual
Bore Utilities Permit, Tree Removal Tree Value or Tree Appraised Value
Boring Permit, Urban Forestry Tree, Champion
Brush Person (Citizen) Tree, Corridor
Caliper Plan, Landscape Tree, Deciduous
Canopy Plan, Tree Tree, Designated (Landmark)
Circumference Plan, Tree Disposition Tree, Diversity
Cleaning Plan, Urban Forestry Tree, Evergreen
Clear or Clearing Plant Material Tree, Existing
Clear-cutting Planting Strip Tree, Healthy
Critical Root Zone Property Line Tree, Heritage
Critically Alter Property Owner Tree, Historic
Crown Property, Commercial Tree, Large
Cut and Fill Property, Private Tree, Marginal
Damage Property, Public Tree, Monarch
Deadwood Property, Residential Tree, Multi-stem
Developed Land Protected Area Tree, Nonaesthetic
Development Review Committee Protection Zone, Tree Tree, Ornamental
Diameter (DBH) Protective Fencing Tree, Park
Director Protective Measures Tree, Parking Lot
Drip Line Pruning Tree, Parkway
Erosion Pruning, Root Tree, Preserved
Forester, City Public Place (Area) Tree, Protected
Forester, Urban Public Tree Care Tree, Public
Forester, Manager Raising Tree, Quality
Fund for Restoration Reduction Tree, Replacement
Grading Removal Tree, Shade (Canopy)
Groundcover Remove or Seriously Injure Tree, Significant
Grubbing Right of Way Tree, Small (Noncanopy)
Impervious Cover (Surface) Right of Way, Public Tree, Specimen
Infected with Disease Root Collar Tree, Undesirable
Infected with Insects Shrub Tree, Unprotected
Island Shrub, Large Trees, Urban
Landscape Administrator Soil, Top Trees, Stand of
Landscape Buffer or Buffer Planting Strip Street Yard Under Brushing
Landscape or Landscape Area Street, Public Understory
Landscape Reserve Streetscape Urban Forest
Limits of Construction Survey, Tree Urban Forestry (Tree) Board
Median Thinning Utilities
Mulch Thinning, Selective Visibility Triangle
Nonpermeable Topping Weed
Nuisance Tree Wounds
Oak Wilt Tree Health Zoning Ordinance
Open Space    

Thanks to Texas Forest Service for assisting with this information



Trees in an ETJ: Ruling from the Fourth Court of Appeals District of Texas on Milestone Portranco Development Ltd. v. City of San Antonio "Milestone Potranco Development, Ltd. appeals the trial court’s judgment declaring that the City of San Antonio’s Tree Preservation Ordinance and Streetscape Tree Planting Standards (the “Tree Ordinance”) are enforceable against Milestone’s property which is located in the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (“ETJ”). Milestone asserts that the City’s limited authority to enforce its ordinances beyond its corporate limits does not entitle the City to extend the Tree Ordinance to the City’s ETJ. We affirm the trial court’s judgment." May 27, 2009

Click here for the text of the ruling.


Property line trees and encroaching limbs: When can the encroached homeowner cut the trees, tree limbs or roots? When can the owner of the tree prevent encroaching limbs and roots from being cut? Click here for some opinions from Texas law.

Other Ordinance Resources:
Municipal Law 101: Basic Municipal Laws and Issues for Texas City Officials, 2009 (PDF)

Tree Conservation White Paper by Auburn University September 2007

ISA Guidelines for Developing and Evaluation Tree Ordinances
California Tree Ordinance Information
LSU Tree Ordinance Information

Model Public Tree Care Ordinance

Tree City USA Bulletin #9 How to Write a Municipal Tree Ordinance

Tree City USA Bulletin # 31 Tree Protection Ordinances

Tree Ordinance Development Guidebook (Georgia Forestry Commission)

Guide to Developing a Community Tree Preservation Ordinance (Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee)

Guidelines for Developing Urban Forest Practice Ordinances - Oregon Department of Forestry

Tree Ordinances for Iowa Communities

General Code Publishers (on-line ordinance clearinghouse

LexisNexis Municipal Codes (on-line ordinance clearinghouse)

American Legal Publishing Corporation (on-line ordinance clearinghouse)

Municipal Code Corporation (on-line ordinance clearinghouse)

TreeOrd software