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Hazardous Trees

The Gwinnett County Property Maintenance Ordinance, effective January 1, 1999, requires adherence to certain minimum maintenance requirements. The ordinance was adopted to promote and protect the public health, safety, convenience, order and general welfare of the citizens of the county. The ordinance applies to all existing structures and premises within the unincorporated areas of the county. Dead trees shall not be allowed to exist on any premises. Upon a finding by a registered forester or certified arborist that a tree is in danger of falling upon adjacent lots or public streets due to the death of the tree, the property owner is required to have the tree removed. Tree stumps greater than 12 inches in height, felled trees, slash, and tree limbs must be removed within 14 days after being cut. Exceptions to this requirement include neatly stacked firewood less than 3 feet in length in the rear yard, property zoned RA-200 and property greater than 1 acre in size.

Violations of the ordinance are prosecuted in the Environmental Division of Recorder's Court and are subject to a penalty of up to $1000 and/or 60 days in jail per violation per day (minimum fine is $250). To report possible violations, please call the Police Services Quality of Life Unit Hotline at 770.513.5004 or click here to report online.