A tree within the Highland Park Borough shall not be removed without proper justification,
inspection, and a permit. This is done through the Department of Code Enforcement in
consultation with the Shade Tree Advisory Committee. The borough has decided that this is
necessary for the protection and retention of its highly valued shade trees and shrubs. This
requirement pertains to all lands within the Borough of Highland Park.
It is unlawful to cut, destroy, or remove any tree on borough land without a removal permit
issued by the Department of Code Enforcement. A tree on private property having a diameter of
6 inches or more measured at a height of 4.5 feet from the ground requires a tree removal permit.
A tree on private property with a diameter of less than 6 inches does not require a permit. The
removal permit is issued by the Department of Code Enforcement after the resident files a
written application and pays a fee of $100. The Shade Tree Advisory Committee will inspect the
site of the proposed tree removal and make a judgment about the removal of the tree. No tree
with a diameter of 36 inches or more or having historic, landmark, or unusual species value will
be removed unless the Shade Tree Advisory Committee deems it necessary. All permits have a
limit of one year from the date of issuance and if removal has not occurred within that time a
new permit must be applied for and will be subject to new fees.
Any tree with a diameter of 6 inches or more that is removed must be replaced by a tree with a
diameter of not less than 2 inches. All proposed replacement trees must be reviewed and
approved before a tree removal permit can be issued. Exceptions will be made for trees that are
dead, diseased, or that are determined by the Shade Tree Advisory Committee or the Department
of Public Works to present a hazard. Such trees do not need to be replaced.
Tree Replacement Fund
In lieu of replacing part or all of the trees removed, a payment may be made to the Borough’s
Tree Replacement Fund. Payment is calculated at a rate of $500 for each deciduous tree and
$450 for each evergreen tree. This fund will provide for the replacement, planting, and
maintenance of trees and woody shrubs on public property in the Borough of Highland Park.
Appropriations from the Tree Replacement Fund are authorized by the Mayor and Council with
the advice of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee. All funds remitted to the borough for tree
replacement are deposited in a specifically designated bank account.
Violations and Penalties
Any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity who violates any provision
dictated by Ordinance Number 1730, adopted October 19, 2007, will be subject to a fine not to
exceed $1,000 for each offense. Every illegally removed tree will constitute a separate offense.