What do I need a tree permit for? How do I get one?

A tree permit is required to do any of the following (§ 168-14 Care of trees on sidewalks):

* Cut, trim, break, climb with spikes, disturb the roots of, spray with any chemical, remove or otherwise injure any living tree or shrub or injure, misuse or remove any structure or device placed to support or protect such tree or shrub.

* Plant any tree or shrub.

* Fasten any rope, wire, electric attachment, sign or other device to a tree or shrub or to any guard about such tree or shrub.

* Close or obstruct any open space provided about the base of a tree or shrub to permit the access of air, water or fertilizer to the roots of such tree or shrub.

* Place any building material within six feet of a tree or shrub.

Click here to learn how to obtain a tree permit.

Click here to apply for a permit.

Removal of tree grates does not require a permit, as long as the tree is not harmed by removing the tree grate.

To get a tree permit you must:

1. Fill out a tree permit application and submit it to the Urban Forestry Coordinator

2. The Urban Forestry Coordinator will forward the permit to the Shade Tree Commission (STC) for review

3. The STC will inspect the tree and site (a site visit with the property owner’s contractor may be required)

4. The STC will meet to determine if the application is approved

5. The STC will forward the tree application to the Urban Forestry Coordinator with their notes and approval/decline

6. If approved by the STC, the Urban Forestry Coordinator will sign the application and issue the permit

As per the “Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act,” tree work cannot be performed without the proper license or certification. One of the following is required to perform tree work: LTE (Licensed Tree Expert) or LTCO (Licensed Tree Care Operator). For a list of licensed vendors, please visit NJ Tree Experts.

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