Landscaping & Trees

As of January 24, 2011, Greenville City Council revised the City’s Land Management Ordinance as it specifically relates to Section 19-6.2 landscaping, buffering, and screening.

In an effort to improve the availability of this new information, the following documents are provided to the development community. Whenever applicable, all Site Grading Permits are required to include the following tables, details, and specifications. This information should be included and formatted into the standard drawing set of plans that are submitted to the City.

The Plan Review Checklist is being provided as a reference guide and is not required to be submitted to the City.

Removing Trees on Private & Public Property

Regarding the removal of existing trees on either private or public property. If the property is zoned anything other than single-family residential, then our Heritage and Historic Tree Preservation requirements apply to only those trees that are within a required setback. Before removing any existing tree, review section 19-6.3.2(C) of the Land Management Ordinance.


For more information, please contact the city's urban designer, Jeff Waters, at
  1. General Documents
  2. Standard Tables
  3. Tree Protection Details
  4. Tree Planting Details

Tree Foundation 

The City’s Tree Foundation program (PDF) offers the general public the opportunity to pay for the planting of new trees in our community. Possible locations may include within a park, public open space, along a greenway, or adjacent to a street. If you are a resident, business owner, or property owner interested in trees being planted along your street, the planting must occur within an existing space on public property.

Through the foundation, residents can donate money to have trees planted within a park, in a public open space, along a greenway, or in the public right-of-way on their street.

Tree Pruning Guidelines

Excessive pruning, topping, crape murder are unacceptable practices and will result in the property being in violation of the City’s Code of Ordinances. Such a violation will result in the property being noncompliant and the property owner will be required to plant new trees and shrubs in accordance with the current standards of the City’s ordinance. Please review the Tree Pruning Guidelines (PDF) prior to pruning trees or contracting tree pruning services.