Bill Summary for H 496 (2021-2022)

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Apr 5 2021

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View NCGA Bill Details2021
House Bill 496 (Public) Filed Monday, April 5, 2021
AN ACT PROVIDING THAT COUNTIES AND CITIES SHALL NOT ADOPT ORDINANCES REGULATING THE REMOVAL OF TREES FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY WITHOUT THE EXPRESS AUTHORIZATION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
Intro. by Boles, Hunter, Brody, Moffitt.

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Enacts GS 153A-145.9, applicable to counties, and GS 160A-205.4, applicable to cities, prohibiting counties and cities from adopting ordinances regulating the removal of trees from private property within the county's jurisdiction, or the city's corporate limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction, without express statutory authority granted by either a general or local law. Deems all other bases invalid for the adoption of ordinances regulating the removal of trees from private property by a local governing body.

Provides for the continued validity of local acts authorizing ordinances regulating the removal of trees from private property and any ordinances adopted under that authority before the act becomes law.

Repeals any ordinances regulating the removal of trees from private property that were adopted before the date the act becomes law without express statutory authorization.

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