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
from unnecessary 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
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. Which trees are regulated/protected under the
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 under Section 2. Definitions of
the Tree Preservation & Protection Ordinance.
4. 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 Diameter at Breast Height (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.
5. What other items are required to be submitted with
the application for permit?
In addition to the completed application for permit, the
applicant should submit a tree survey performed by an
arborist, as defined in the ordinance.
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