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Tree Preservation Ordinance - Chapter 167

tree preservation 1The City of Fayetteville Tree Preservation and Protection code preserves and protects trees and natural areas. It is based on the fundamental precepts of sound urban forest management. These precepts seek to establish a diversification of species, with a mix of young, medium aged, and mature trees. Proposed development projects are evaluated on a case-by-case (and tree-by-tree) basis. The goal of each review is to assure that, through a combination of preservation and re-forestation, a final product is achieved which results in a diverse and sustainable urban forest.

The review process entails evaluating the existing tree resources on a site, understanding the dynamics of trees and development impacts, and negotiating a solution that results in a development with a balanced mixture of age classes of trees and a diversification of species of the highest priority to be preserved. The City of Fayetteville ordinance places a great emphasis on tree preservation. Trees on sites that measure greater than 3 inches in diameter at breast height (DBH) are evaluated for preservation potential and are considered “protected trees” until a permit is issued for their removal. Small species trees equal to or over 8 inch DBH, medium growing trees equal to or over 18 inches DBH and fast growing trees equal to or over 24 inches DBH are considered significant trees and receive enhanced preservation evaluation.

Chapter 167 applies to the following types of construction projects:tree preservation 2

       Single family residential in the Hillside/Hilltop Overlay District

       Grading permits in the Hillside/Hilltop Overlay District

       All Large Scale Develoments (LSD) and Site Improvement 
       Projects (SIP)

       All Preliminary/Concurrent Plats and Planned Zoning Districts

       Commercial building permits where exterior modifications to the structure or grounds will take place and
       Parking lots over 5 spaces.


LSDs, SIPs, Plats and PZDs may include but are not limited to residential subdivisions, industrial or commercial subdivisions, multi-family dwellings, industrial or commercial parcels and mixed-use developments.


The following documents are available to assist prospective builders, contractors, developers and owners with the tree preservation and protection process;

      Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance - Chapter 167

      For LSD, Plats and PZDs -  Tree Preservation Plan Checklist

                                             - Site Analysis Plan, Site Analysis Report and Tree Preservation Plan Checklist

      For Single family dwellings in the HHOD and SIPs – Abbreviated Tree Preservation Plan Checklist

      Hillside/Hilltop Overlay District - Best Management Practices

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Forms to be filled out and submitted with development plans;

      No trees on lot or parcel – Tree Preservation Waiver

      Lot or parcel with trees - Tree Mitigation Form


Other Items which may be beneficial to prospective builders;

     Standard Plan Notes - Tree Preservation and Protection Notes

      List – Significant Trees