Tree and Shrub Ordinance

Tree and Shrub Requirements

The City of Houston Tree and Shrub Ordinance provides standards for planting trees and shrubs and installing landscaping buffers.

The ordinance further protects Houston’s greenery by offering incentives to property owners who preserve and care for existing trees on private properties.

Based on a property’s size, the ordinance establishes minimum planting requirements for street trees, parking lot trees, shrubs and landscape buffers. These requirements ensure that Houston will have aesthetically pleasing developments and enhanced greenspace, making it a better place to live.