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Forestry Information for Development Applicants
Tree Information for Development Applicants
Development in Rockville is subject to the City’s Forest and Tree Preservation Ordinance Chapter 10.5 of the City Code. The purpose of this chapter is to:

  • Encourage the preservation and enhancement of Rockville's urban forests.
  • Replace tree cover in non-forest areas within the city.
  • Establish procedures, standards and requirements that protect trees and forests during and after development activity, and minimize tree loss due to development.
  • Establish procedures, standards and requirements for afforestation and reforestation of land within the city.
  • Meet the requirements of the Natural Resources Article, Sections 5-1601 through 5-1613 of the Annotated Code of Maryland (Maryland Forest Conservation Act).

For an overview of the Forest and Tree Preservation Ordinance, review the Forest & Tree Preservation Ordinance (FTPO) Process Basics document.

For information on the Forest and Tree Preservation Ordinance, contact Assistant City Forester, Elise Polydoroff, at 240-314-8710 or by email, .

For more information regarding Forest and Tree Preservation in the development review process,  visit the Community Development and Planning Services  page.