Cherry Hill Township recognizes that trees are a natural resource that provides aesthetic, economic, ecological, environmental, and health benefits to the municipality and its inhabitants. It further finds that the treatment of trees on individual properties can have significant impacts not only on those individual properties, but also on neighboring properties, the streetscape, and the entire municipality.
The Township finds that the indiscriminate, uncontrolled, and excess destruction, removal, and cutting of trees upon lots and tracts of land within the Township may result in increased municipal costs to control drainage, increased soil erosion and sedimentation, decreased fertility of the soil, decreased local groundwater recharge, increased seasonal temperatures, decreased air quality, increased dust, loss of wildlife habitat, and change in visual character. These impacts tend to adversely impact the overall quality of the Township, with the resulting deterioration of conditions affecting the health, safety, and general wellbeing of the inhabitants within the Township.
Therefore, the Township desires to regulate the removal of trees within the community, to preserve the maximum amount of non-invasive trees in the community to the extent practical, and to cause reforestation of areas where trees have been removed.
The complete tree regulations in Chapter 21 (Regulation of Trees) of the Township of Cherry Hill Revised General Ordinance can be accessed “here”
Tree Removal Permits
For a Tree Removal Permit Application please click “here”
A Tree Removal Permit is required for any person desiring to destroy, cut, remove, or trim more than thirty (30%) percent of any tree (including trees in healthy or poor condition, and dead) that has a diameter at breast height (hereinafter “DBH”) equal to or greater than five (5) inches (or 15.7 inch circumference). The following are the only exceptions to a Tree Removal Permit:
- removal of vegetation (bushes, shrubs, plants, etc.) or trees less than five (5) inches DBH;
- the removal of invasive tree species (You must still contact DPW prior to removal to confirm/inspect);
- the regular pruning and maintenance of trees;
- for trees deemed an “Imminent Threat” (You must contact DPW prior to removal to confirm/inspect); or
- for tree removal required as a precondition to the issuance of a Certificate of Continued Occupancy by the Township’s Property Maintenance Officer.
“Person” means a natural or legal person, including but not limited to: a property owner, tenant, occupant, resident, contractor, or tree removal company, whether an individual, corporation, company, association, society, firm, partnership, joint stock company corporation, trust, and/or other legal entity, whether private or nonprofit, and any and all owners, officers, agents, and/or employees thereof.
“Imminent Threat” means immediate action is needed to undertake tree cutting and/or removal in order to protect the public health, safety, welfare, or property, and/or to prevent a significant degradation to the environment.
Residential Tree Removal Applications
Applies to any existing improved lot used entirely for residential purposes with no more than two (2) dwelling units and which is not the subject of an application for development. There is no fee associated with this type of application.
Residential Tree Removal Applicants may remove any number of dead trees and up to three (3) healthy and/or poor condition trees every twelve (12) months, except the following:
- any size tree planted pursuant to a Tree Replacement Plan subject to § 21-5.8; and
- trees located within the ROW and/or within three (3) feet of a public road may only be removed pursuant to § 21-5.2(c).
Residential Tree Removal Applicants may remove additional trees if any one or more of the reasons set forth in § 21-5.2(c) apply. Residential Tree Removal Applicants must also replace onsite, on a one-for-one basis, any healthy and/or poor condition trees removed in excess of three (3) trees within a twelve (12) month period, or pay a contribution to the Cherry Hill Tree Fund for each tree removed in excess of three (3) trees in the amount of $175.00. For example, an applicant seeking to remove 5 healthy trees will be required to replant two (2) replacement trees onsite or make a payment of $350.00 ($175.00 per tree) to the Cherry Hill Tree Fund.
Commercial Tree Removal Applications
Applies to any improved or unimproved lot that is not a “Residential Tree Removal Application” as defined herein. There is a $100.00 application fee due upon the submission of a Tree Removal Permit Application.
Commercial Tree Removal Applicants may only remove trees if any one or more of the reasons set forth in § 21-5.2(c) apply. Commercial Tree Removal Applicants must also replace onsite, on a one-for-one basis, all healthy and/or poor conditions trees removed or pay a contribution to the Cherry Hill Tree Fund for each removed tree in the amount of $300.00. For example, an applicant seeking to remove 20 healthy trees and replant 10 trees onsite will be required to make a contribution of $3,000.00 ($300.00 per tree) to the Cherry Hill Tree Fund. Commercial Tree Removal Applicants may also be subject to any applicable conditions of approval and/or Site Plan requirements.
Submission and Review
Tree Removal Permit Applications may be mailed to the Department of Public Works building located at 1 Perina Boulevard Cherry Hill, NJ 08003, faxed to (856) 424-0119, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that an inspection from the Cherry Hill Township Public Works Department may be required prior to issuance of the permit.
Please allow 7 business days for processing and approval, as an inspection from the Cherry Hill Township Public Works Department may be required prior to issuance of the permit.
Report a Tree that is an Imminent Threat, Hazardous, or Fallen
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