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Tree Ordinances

Various local governments, including county and city governments, have enacted local tree ordinances. These tree ordinances are intended to improve the aesthetic beauty and environmental protection and preservation of the local landscape. Some issues that may concern local citizens and developers include what trees can be cut down, and in the case of building parking lots and other parking structures, how many trees must be planted within the parking lot, based on the number of parking spots or the square footage of the parking lot. Check with your county or city zoning or planning board or commission to determine what is applicable in your respective local community. The local, county and municipal government websites and contact information can be located here.

Charleston County's Tree Preservation guidelines can be found here, which provides an example of a tree ordinance enacted for the preservation of all trees, but also Grand Trees and other special trees unique to the South Carolina Coast.

Last Updated October 29, 2010

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This project was supported through a generous grant from the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. The principal investigator is Professor Kim Diana Connolly at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Two law students, Keith Bartlett and Valerie Cochran, provided invaluable work toward project completion. Technical assistance with web design was provided by USC School of Law webmaster Tobias Brasier. Broken links should be reported to lawweb@law.sc.edu. This website is NOT intended as legal advice, and particularized analysis by professionals should be sought wherever appropriate.

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