Norcross City Ordinance

Norcross Tree Ordinance

Norcross Tree Residential Ordinance – Within City Limits

Permit Required: YES

Diameter at breast height (DBH) means the diameter of a tree trunk measured in inches at a height of 4.5 feet above the ground line for individual trunks, and at the narrowest point below the fork for trees forked below 4.5 feet.

As defined by the city of Norcross, Georgia, no person, corporation or association shall remove or destroy any tree with a diameter at breast height (DBH) of six inches or greater without obtaining a permit for tree removal from the Community Development Department.

Permit for Residential Tree Removal Application

Specimen Trees

Specimen tree means any tree, excluding loblolly pines, which qualifies for special consideration for conservation due to its size, type, condition, location or historical significance. The following two criteria are used by the Community Development Director to identify specimen trees. Both the size and condition criteria must be met for a tree to qualify.

Size criteria:

  1. Overstory tree: 28-inch diameter or larger.
  2. Understory tree: 12-inch diameter or larger.

Condition criteria. Life expectancy of greater than 15 years. Relatively sound and solid trunk with no excessive decay. No more than one major and several minor dead limbs. No major insect or pathological problem.

For more questions regarding a list of specimen trees, please visit the Norcross Community Development Board website or reach out to one of the board members listed below.


All applications for tree removal permits shall be acted on within 60 days of the receipt of a complete application and permit fee, if any. The tree removal permit fee shall be established by the Mayor and Council. If the city fails to act on the application within 60 days, the application shall be deemed approved.

The city of Norcross requires a minimum canopy cover of 70% coverage for residential zones, 40% for commercial and office zones, 30% coverage for industrial zones. For more information on canopy coverage requirements and calculations, please visit Norcorss City Codes.


Blake Manton (770) 527-4129
Robert Forro (678) 300-5440
Mack Cain (678) 296-9898
Julie Foster (678) 458-6032
Linda Gepfer (770) 446-1543

The city of Norcross provides a list of exemptions deemed applicable if:

  1. Activities performed by a federal, state, county, municipal or other governmental agency during the course of their daily work shall be exempt from this article. However, best management practices for tree care shall be incorporated into the activities.
  2. When the Community Development Director finds that any tree presents a danger or hazard to the health, safety and welfare of the public, such tree may be removed immediately by the owner or the owner’s agent upon written authorization by the Community Development Director.
  3. During a period of any emergency, such as a tornado, ice storm, flood or any other act of nature, the requirements of this chapter may be waived by the Community Development Director.
  4. The removal of trees within burial plots.

Fee: None Specified

Contact: Norcross Tree Boar