How Gwinnett County regulates tree removal

So I get asked this a lot:

Do I need a permit to remove trees in Gwinnett County?

Yes. and No. It's a little complicated.  Gwinnett county has a comprehensive tree ordinance, called the Gwinnett County Tree and Landscape Buffer ordinance.  It contains all the guidelines for tree replacement and tree protection during land development activities.  This ordinance helps maintain the tree cover in Gwinnett (over time) by requiring minimum standards for reforestation after land clearing, and also protects natural buffers between differing zoning types.  For example, the ordinance may require an undisturbed buffer between a new commercial district that borders a residential subdivision.  …

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