The utility payment dropbox on Second Avenue is inoperable until further notice. Please make payments inside City Hall between 8am and 5pm.  There is free 15 minute parking outside the office between the 2nd Ave. parking garage and city hall.  You can also make payments online at  or set up a bank draft by calling 615-794-4572.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tree Care

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Topped Tree Example


What is Tree Topping?

Tree topping is the random cutting of tree branches to stubs or laterals that are too small to maintain the trees normal growth pattern. Do not be fooled by tree topping under the guise of a different name which include “heading”, “hat-racking”, “tipping”, and “rounding over”. For more information on tree care and topping please click on these links:  Tree Topping Quick Reference or Tree Topping Article by City Arborist

Tree Topping is not permitted in the City of Franklin and is prohibited under Zoning Ordinance 5.2.4(6)(f).Topped Tree Sample

Please follow the links on this page for more information regarding tree care and City of Franklin ordinances that cover tree trimming and tree removal.


Tree Care Industry Association

International Society of Arboriculture 

The National Arbor Day Foundation

American Society of Consulting Arborists

Trees are Good

Society of American Foresters

Community Trees

Crape Myrtle Care

Tree Trimming Illustration