Tree Removal Permits in New Jersey
Yes, in some of New Jersey townships you need a permit to remove or alter a tree. Like many people, we at Brennan’s Tree Service, Inc. don’t want more red tape in our lives and business, but here are some of the benefits of getting and having a tree removal permit.
Tree Removal as a Natural Resource Asset:
Trees and the urban forest are a valuable natural resource worthy of protection and conservation on a sustainable basis.
Trees stabilize soil, help reduce storm-water runoff and wind erosion of soils, improve water quality, reduce noise pollution, reduce air pollution, sequester carbon dioxide associated with global warming, create shade and help reduce energy consumption in the summertime, lower ambient air temperatures throughout the Township during the summer, and provide habitat for birds and other species.
Trees create scenic benefits that enhance local property values in the Township.
The development of a mature and sustainable urban forest resource throughout the Township requires a comprehensive program for the management of the planting and removal of trees on public and private property.
Protecting Homeowners from Fraud or Unlicensed Tree Services:
No tree within the Township may be removed or substantially altered by any person other than a tree removal contractor registered with the Township. The tree removal contractor shall endorse each tree removal permit application on forms provided by the Township.
Be licensed in accordance with the New Jersey Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act.
Maintain the required insurance;
Hold a current valid registration with the Township of Montclair; and
Display proof of same on each of its vehicles operating in the Township.
The Fines and Penalties for Non-Compliance of Tree Removal Permit:
The Township Forester shall have the authority to enter onto any property in the Township and to issue a stop-work order to any person in violation of this article.
Violations of this article shall be punishable by a fine of no more than $1,000.
The Township shall revoke the registration of any tree removal contractor who has submitted a fraudulent tree removal permit application or a false certification.
Noncompliance with the provisions of this article may be grounds for denial of registration of a tree removal contractor.
The Fees of a Tree Removal Permit in Montclair, New Jersey:
Application fee for a tree removal permit shall be $15 per tree.
A tree removal contractor shall pay an annual registration fee of $75.
The tree removal permit application fee is waived for the removal of diseased trees or trees deemed hazardous.
The removal permit fee is waived for the removal of shade trees listed as invasive exotic.
An applicant with a financial hardship may request a waiver of permit fees by filing a personal financial hardship exemption request letter with his or her tree removal permit.
These fee exemptions do not constitute an exemption from any other provision of this article.
A List of Townships in Brennan’s Tree Service, Inc. Service Area Tree Removal Permit Information
Livingston, New Jersey: http://livingstontownship.org/services/tree-removal/
Maplewood, New Jersey: https://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/leaf-collection-landscapers/pages/tree-removal-permit
Summit, New Jersey: https://www.cityofsummit.org/187/Tree-Removal-Permits
Old Bridge, New Jersey: http://www.oldbridge.com/content/5146/5245/5529.aspx
Montville, New Jersey: https://www.montvillenj.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/627
Westfield, New Jersey: http://www.westfieldnj.gov/index.asp?SEC=8EAE1399-9C08-40D9-B34C-15B81B26D7E1&DE=7C2A0BF2-FD11-4F50-A51D-EEDCF2E9F0FA&Type=B_BASIC
Englewood, New Jersey: http://www.cityofenglewood.org/filestorage/9306/9308/9398/tree_permit_app_2001.pdf
Bernards Twp., New Jersey: https://ecode360.com/11919201
Highland Park, New Jersey: http://www.hpboro.com/index.aspx?NID=509
Chatham, New Jersey: http://www.chathamtownship-nj.gov/images/forms/Tree-Removal-Permit-Application.pdf
Ringwood, New Jersey: http://www.ringwoodnj.net/content/2347/2355/2381.aspx
Howell, New Jersey: https://www.twp.howell.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/68
West Orange, New Jersey: https://www.westorange.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/409
Watchung, New Jersey: http://watchungnj.gov/forms/Tree_Removal_Application.pdf
Monroe Twp., New Jersey: http://www.monroetwp.com/polimage.cfm?doc_Id=346&size_code=Doc
Highlands, New Jersey: http://www.highlandsborough.org/hnj/Forms/Building%20Department%20Forms/Tree%20Permit.pdf
Woodbridge, New Jersey: http://www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/308/Keeping-Our-Township-Green
South Orange, New Jersey: https://southorange.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/73
East Brunswick, New Jersey: https://www.eastbrunswick.org/filestorage/887/586/596/TreeRemovalPermit.pdf
Berkley Heights, New Jersey: http://www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov/forms/tree-removal-permit-application.pdf
South Plainfield, New Jersey: http://www.southplainfieldnj.com/spnj/Departments/Departments/Building%20Department/Forms/Tree%20Removal%20Permit.pdf
New Milford, New Jersey: http://www.newmilfordboro.com/site/cpage.asp?cpage_id=180058940&sec_id=180013952
Recently, many townships in New Jersey are starting to preserve more trees by creating ordinances that protect ones on private properties. This means that even if private property owners want to remove trees, they might not be able to. Depending on the township, they can apply for permits to get a tree removed, but the township might reject the permit. The Trenton department of forestry has the right, as laid out in the city’s rules, to remove trees on private property that might be a hazard to other residents only after giving notice to the owner to remove it themselves.
Make sure you hire a New Jersey Licensed Tree Care Expert, like Brennan’s Tree Service, Inc. License #499 and keep yourself from getting “stumped” by your township ordinances.