Tree Protection Ordinance

The City’s Tree Protection Ordinance is intended to prevent the removal and/or destruction of trees within the community.  The regulations of the ordinance apply to Protected Trees on all property within the City of Gulf Shores.  

The purpose and intent of the Tree Protection Ordinance is: 

  • Preserve the existing character of the city, part of which is derived from existing groves of mature pine, oak, and other species of trees
  • Reduce the effects of noise and air pollution
  • Prevent soil erosion and the siltation of drainage improvements and waterways;
  • Protect and enhance the aesthetic qualities of the community; and
  • Add an element of landscape maturity to new developments in the city thereby enhancing buffering and privacy, and increasing the value of property

How does this impact you?

  • The Tree Protection Ordinance states that NO protected trees shall be removed, relocated, destroyed, or directly or indirectly injured within the corporate limits of the City of Gulf Shores unless a Tree Removal Permit has been issued by the City.
  • Those who violate this, will be subject to heavy fines and required to replace any protected tree that was not previously approved for removal.

To read the City of Gulf Shores Tree Protection Ordinance click here. 

To apply for a Tree Removal Permit click here. 

If you have any questions about this ordinance, please contact the City of Gulf Shores Community Development Department directly at (251) 968-1164, or email

  1. Mell Davis

    Administrative Assistant