Parking Lot Tree Shading Design and Maintenance Guidelines

Sacramento, CA (January 1, 2003)- This document, published by the City of Sacramento in 2003, provides standards and guidance for the planting, maintenance, protection, removal, and replacement of trees planted pursuant to the parking lot tree shading regulations as defined in the City Code.


The purpose of the Parking Lot Tree Shading Design and Maintenance Guidelines is to improve the effectiveness of the City’s parking lot shading ordinance. The standards and recommendations in this documents will help to encourage achievement of the City’s 50 percent shading requirement for a greater number of parking facilities.
The parking lot tree shading ordinance requires that all new parking lots include tree plantings designed to result in 50 percent shading of parking lot surface areas within 15 years. The shading requirements calculations apply to all new impervious surfacing on which a vehicle can drive including parking stalls, all drives within the property line (regardless of length), and all maneuvering areas (regardless of depth).
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Parking Lot Tree Shading Design and Maintenance Guidelines