City Tree Regulations

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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:

A certified arborist prunes a city tree. Photo courtesy TheDCH
  • 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.


Parking Lot Landscaping

Waterfront District Design Standards

Tree Care During Curb and Sidewalk Construction

For more information about City trees regulations, call the Urban Forest administrator at (302) 576-2582.