What is considered a protected tree in the City of Houston?

February 3, 2015 by Patrick Byrne

What is considered a protected tree in the City of Houston?

Pursuant to Chapter 33, Article VI of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances, a tree is considered protected if it can be classified as any one of the following:

  • tree-photo1 Right-of-Way – Trees located within a public streets right-of-way.
  •  Corridor Tree – a tree of a species listed on the street tree list that has a caliper of 20 inches or more and is situated in the building setback area along a local street or along a major thoroughfare, other than a portion of a major thoroughfare that has been designated as a green corridor.
  •  Green Corridor – A tree of a species listed on the street tree list that has a caliper of 15 inches or more and is situated in the building setback area of a green corridor.
  •  Designated Tree – A specific tree designated by the city council as having particular historical or arboricultural significance under section 33-103 of this Code.
  •  Parkway Trees – A tree of a species listed on the street tree list that is situated in the parkway area adjacent to any tract or parcel of land and that has a caliper equal to or greater than 1½ inches.

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Written by Patrick Byrne

Patrick Byrne

Patrick Byrne is a shareholder in BIG RED DOG and serves as a Project Manager in our Houston office. Mr. Byrne has been a project engineer on numerous site development projects throughout Houston, Katy, and South Texas. After beginning his career in central Texas, he has quickly become a go-to engineering resource for Houston site developers. His professional experience includes design preparation and permitting of commercial site development plans; including water quality and detention pond design, site investigation reports and due diligence investigations, grading, drainage, and utility plans, subdivision plats and construction documents.

Patrick is a proud Purdue Boilermaker, and in fact was on the drum line for the Boiler Band. In his free time, he enjoys supporting the Houston parks systems and running along Buffalo Bayou.