Adopted Tree Preservation and
In order to protect Bloomfield Township’s woodland areas
and the quality and character of the neighborhoods within our
community, the Township has enacted a Tree Preservation &
Generally, the ordinance will apply to properties where new
construction or redevelopment is planned or for any
clear-cutting activity. It will not apply to currently
developed properties where there is no proposed construction.
Tree Preservation & Protection Permit Application and
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Tree Preservation & Protection Ordinance?
An ordinance to safeguard trees on private and public property that is
under development from unauthorized removal and to regulate such removal
for the preservation of important physical, recreational and economical
assets for both present and future generations and to provide penalties
for violation thereof.
2. When is a Tree Preservation & Protection Permit required?
A tree permit is required for any person to clear-cut, remove, cause to
be removed, transplant or destroy any protected tree or landmark tree on
any property in Bloomfield Township that is undergoing new construction
or redevelopment. In addition, a tree permit is required for any
clear-cutting activity on any property in Bloomfield Township.
3. What is clear-cutting?
Clear cutting is the
removal of a significant amount of trees and vegetation from an area
such that the removal negatively affects the overall character of the
4. Which trees are regulated/protected under the Ordinance?
Protected trees are eight (8) inches Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) or
greater provided they are not classified as landmark trees. A Landmark
Tree is any tree that is twenty-four (24) inches DBH or greater, as well
as any tree with the botanical name and diameter identified in the Table
under Section 42-2.86(I). Definitions of the Tree Preservation &
5. If regulated trees are proposed to be removed, how is the
replacement rate calculated?
Protected trees, other than
landmark trees, must be replaced at a rate of 50% of the total DBH
removed. Landmark trees must be replaced at a rate of 100% of the total
DBH removed. Each protected/landmark tree(s) must be replaced with a
tree that is a minimum of three (3) inch caliper or eight (8) feet in
height for evergreens.
6. Where can I obtain a copy of the ordinance and an
application for permit?
Permit Applications are available on
the Township website located at
http://www.bloomfieldtwp.org/Forms/Building.asp. In addition, copies
of the application are available at Planning, Building & Ordinance
7. What other items are required to be submitted with the
application for permit?
In addition to the completed
application for permit, the applicant shall submit a tree survey
performed by an arborist, as defined in the ordinance, and pay the
application and permit fee as established by resolution of the Township
8. How can I learn more?
The Township has created
a website to assist with the implementation of the permit language. Click here to visit
the Tree Preservation Ordinance page.
In addition, questions regarding application processing or completeness
should be directed to: the Planning, Building & Ordinance Department at
248-433-7715 or the Engineering and Environmental Services Department at
9. Do I have to replace a sick or dead tree for a property
Determination of the health/condition of
the tree for a tree permit is determined by utilizing the Tree
Health/Condition Scoring contained in the ordinance Section 42-5.14.4.
The health/condition of the tree shall be determined by an arborist or
other qualified professional, utilizing the Tree Health/Condition
Scoring in the ordinance. Any tree with a score of nine or less could be
eligible as non-protected. Any tree with a score of 10 or greater
qualifies as a protected tree, and requires replacement.
10. Do I need a Tree Preservation & Protection Permit for
routine yard maintenance?
No. Owners of legal lots of record
can perform routine yard maintenance and/or alteration to their property
as long as the property is not subject to site plan review and/or
approval for a building permit. However, under no condition can a
property owner clear cut a property.
11. I have a dead tree in my yard; do I need a tree permit to
No. A tree permit is not required for removal or
trimming of dead, diseased or damaged trees for a property that is not
subject to a site plan review and/or approval for a building permit.
12. Do utility companies need to obtain a Tree Preservation &
Protection permit for tree trimming and maintenance of utility lines?
A tree permit is not required for the trimming or cutting of trees
associated with the repair or maintenance work performed by public
utilities. In fact, DTE Energy has established a process in Bloomfield
Township to notify and work with property owners affected by their tree
trimming program. More information on this notification process with DTE
can be found on the Township website at the following location:
13. Can I cut down a tree if it is located in a wetland or
Natural Feature Setback?
Trees in wetlands or the natural
feature setback can be cut down as long as hand removal methods are used
(no mechanical equipment), the soils are not disturbed, and the roots
and stump are left in place.
Updated September 6, 2017
For more information regarding the Tree Preservation &
Protection Ordinance please contact the Planning, Building &
Ordinance Department at 248.433.7715 or the Engineering and
Environmental Services Department at 248.594.2800.
Foundation – Benefits of Trees
– The Effects of Urban Trees on Air Quality