Shade Trees in Montclair Q&A

Below are some frequently asked about shade trees in Montclair.

1. What is a Township tree?

A Township tree is a tree owned by the Township of Montclair, planted on public property or in the right-of-way. Most street trees planted between the sidewalk and curb are Township trees. Where there are no sidewalks trees planted within ten feet of the curb are usually Township trees.

2. How do I report a dangerous Township tree?

During regular business hours – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, report all dangerous tree conditions to the Department of Community Services at 973-509-5711. After business hours, on holidays or over the weekend contact the Montclair Police Department at 973-744-1234.

3. What does the Township Arborist do? How do I contact him? What are his hours?

The Township Arborist is responsible for the care of the municipal tree resources, to insure a healthy and safe urban forest. This includes monitoring for health, pests and disease, removal of dead or dangerous trees, and replacement of lost trees.

The Township Arborist is in on Wednesdays generally from 8:30 to 3:30. His hours may vary seasonally.

The Township Arborist can be reached by phone (973-509-4912) or e-mail If you need more immediate assistance when the Arborist is not in the office please contact the Department of Community Services at 973-509-5711.

4. May I remove or prune a Township tree?

No, only Township personnel or professional tree care companies working for the Township may prune or remove a Township tree.

5. May I plant a tree between the sidewalk and curb?

You may be allowed to plant a tree in the right-of-way with the permission of the Township. The Township must approve the tree species to be planted.

6. How do I request a new tree to be planted in front of my home?

To request a new street tree, contact the Township Arborist by phone (973-509-4912) or e-mail .

7. I am concerned about the condition of the tree in front of my house. Whom should I contact?

Call (973-509-4912) or e-mail ( the Township Arborist. He will inspect the tree and inform you if any action is necessary.

8. My sidewalk is lifted by roots from a Township tree, and I need to repair it. What is the procedure?

Sidewalk maintenance and repair is the responsibility of the property owner. The first step is to retain a bonded mason contractor, who will secure a permit to open the sidewalk. The contractor will contact the Township to inspect the tree and determine what course of action is needed. In most cases the tree is preserved

9. I want to cut down one or more trees on my property. Do I need a permit?

Yes, in accordance with Township Code - Chapter 324 Trees , effective January 1, 2013, removal of trees on private property will require a permit. See shade tree ordinance.