The City of Savannah is currently in the process of revising its Tree Ordinance. Public comment on the proposed ordinance is now being accepted. To view the proposed ordinance and comment, visit www.savannahga.gov/tree.
The proposed revisions to the Landscape and Tree Protection Ordinance put a greater emphasis on the protection and preservation of trees in Savannah. The new ordinance includes the created of a specimen tree designation, designed to preserve large trees on construction sites when possible. Fines for violating the ordinance will increase, from $200 to $2500 plus all incurred fees for remediation and loss of value. The incentives for property developers to preserve large, healthy trees will also increase.