A certified arborist prunes a city tree. A certified arborist prunes a city tree.

City Tree Regulations

Wilmington's tree ordinances are designed to protect the urban forest, which is recognized as a necessary and vital part of the city's infrastructure. The urban forest is green infrastructure that provides crucial benefits to the community including:

  • Environmental (carbon storage, reduction of air pollution, climate control, energy savings, storm water management and increased biodiversity);
  • Social (improved human health and increased quality of life); and
  • Economic (increased property values, increased visitation of businesses and decreased energy use).

The following City Code links are provided to help you better understand the tree ordinances.

Vegetation
City Code Chapter 46

Parking Lot Landscaping
City Code §48-523 Applicability
City Code §48-524 Landscape plan review
City Code §48-525 Landscape plan required; contents
City Code §48-526 General standards for landscaping and screening
City Code §48-527 Landscaping for parking garages
City Code §48-528 Parking lot perimeter landscaping requirements
City Code §48-529 Parking lot screening requirements
City Code §48-530 Maintenance
City Code §48-531 Enforcement and compliance
City Code §48-532 Appeals

Waterfront District Design Standards
City Code §48-40 Environmental and technology advisory panel; uses and assessment of effects

Tree Care During Curb and Sidewalk Construction
City Code §42-93 Care of Trees
City Code §42-139 Care of Trees

For more information about city trees regulations, call the Urban Forest administrator at 576-2582.

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City Trees Contact Numbers

General Tree Questions:
(302) 576-2582

Street Tree Concerns:
(302) 576-2582

Park Tree Concerns:
Dept. of Parks and Recreation (302) 576-3820

Private Property Tree Complaints:
Dept. of Licenses & Inspections (302) 576-3030

Trees and Power Lines:
Delmarva Power 1-800-375-7117

Tree Blocking Road During Business Hours:
Dept. of Parks and Recreation (302) 576-3820

Tree Blocking Road After Business Hours:
Wilmington Police Department (302) 656-4357