The homeowner is responsible for the removal of trees located on private property. If trees are beyond the "home site" a permit is required. A "home site" is an area within 100 feet of the foundation of the house. In order to remove trees beyond the "home site," the homeowner must process a Tree Removal Permit (PDF) from the Shade Tree Department.
Two significant restrictions, whether within the "home site" or not, to the tree removal permit process are:
- Whether the tree(s) is a "Heritage or Historic tree": A special Township ordinance restricts removal of Heritage or Historic trees. The Heritage Tree List (PDF) is on file in the Shade Tree office.
- If the tree is within 25 feet of the edge of the right-of-way, a Tree Removal Permit must be approved before the actual tree removal. The township currently approves permits at no cost or the removal of dead trees.