City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden 12-9-1971 as Art. 1 of Ch. 18 of the Revised Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 159.

Cemeteries — See Ch. 175.

Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 210.

Florists — See Ch. 254.

Parks — See Ch. 390.

Poles, wires and underground conduits — See Ch. 412.

Property maintenance — See Ch. 418.

Signs — See Ch. 471.

Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 491.

Zoning and land use — See Ch. 577.

§ 542-1
Applicability of power of Division.  

§ 542-2
Definitions. 

§ 542-3
Permit required to tamper with trees and shrubs. 

§ 542-4
Application for permit; conformity to provisions of permit.  

§ 542-5
Trees interfering with highways. 

§ 542-6
Trees endangering highways and public safety. 

§ 542-7
Permit required to plant in public highway. 

§ 542-8
Placing and maintaining substances impeding access of roots. 

§ 542-9
Allowing injurious substances to injure trees and plants. 

§ 542-10
Protection during construction. 

§ 542-11
Electric wiring. 

§ 542-12
Animals injuring trees. 

§ 542-13
Permit required to attach devices to trees.  

§ 542-14
Interference with Division. 

§ 542-15
Violations and penalties.  

§ 542-1 Applicability of power of Division.

[Amended 8-13-1981 by Ord. No. MC-1766; 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

This chapter shall implement that the Division of Neighborhood Districts in the Department of Public Works, as established in § 5-53 of the Code of the City of Camden, shall have and exercise power and authority over any and all trees or plants:

A. 

Which are now planted and growing or hereafter to be planted and grown in any park or parking strip in the City, upon any and all of the public highways of or in the City and upon or in other property of the City.

B. 

Which affect or may affect the lawful use of highways or streets as provided in this chapter.

§ 542-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise shows or unless otherwise expressly provided, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

DIVISION
The Division of Neighborhood Districts in the Department of Public Works.
[Amended 8-13-1981 by Ord. No. MC-1766]

§ 542-3 Permit required to tamper with trees and shrubs.

No person shall cut, climb, break, trim, remove or in any way injure or deface or in any way destroy the trees, shrubs, plants, tree posts or tree guards in any park, parking strip or any other property of the city or in or upon any of the public highways of or within the city without first obtaining a permit as provided in this chapter.

§ 542-4 Application for permit; conformity to provisions of permit.

[Amended 12-11-1997 by Ord. No. MC-3358; 3-12-1998 by Ord. No. MC-3375; 9-25-2003 by Ord. No. MC-3870]

No person shall cut, break, trim or remove any tree or plant in or on any public highway without first making application for a permit therefor to the Director of the City of Camden's Department of Public Works describing the type of work to be done.

§ 542-5 Trees interfering with highways.

A. 

Whenever the limbs or branches of any tree grown on any land in the city extend over or into any of the public highways or alleys of or in the city and interfere with the free and uninterrupted use of such highways for any lawful purpose, the Division shall notify and direct the owner of the premises on or in front of which said tree may stand, or the agent of said owner, to trim or detach, on or before a time to be fixed in such notice, any limbs, branches or parts of a tree so extending over or into any of the public highways or alleys or streets of or in the city as aforesaid. If the owner of said tree or the owner of premises in front of which the same shall stand shall fail or neglect to comply with the terms of said notice, it shall be the duty of said Division to trim or detach or cause to be trimmed or detached any limbs, branches or parts of a tree or trees so extending into the highways, alleys or streets of the city as aforesaid.

B. 

Upon completion of said work, the Division shall certify the cost thereof and shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against the lands of the owner. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.

§ 542-6 Trees endangering highways and public safety.

A. 

Whenever the Division believes any tree in or upon any public highway or street or any tree in or on any private premises to be in danger of falling in or across any public highway or street or, because of its decay, disease or lack of proper support, to be endangering public safety, it shall be the duty of the Division to notify the owner of the premises on which such tree may stand or the owner of premises in front of which such tree may be or the agents of said respective owners of a date, time and place when a hearing will be held to consider the removal, pruning or cutting down, in whole or in part, of such tree.

B. 

At such hearing, the person aforesaid shall be given an opportunity to appear, in person or by attorney, and to be heard.

C. 

If, upon full hearing and investigation, it shall be determined by the Division that it is necessary for the public safety that such tree shall be removed or cut down, in whole or in part, it shall be the duty of the owner of the premises on or in front of which such tree shall stand to remove, cut down, prune or trim the same on or before the time fixed by the Division in accordance with the terms of the Division's determination. If the owner of such tree or the owner of premises in front of which the same shall stand shall not remove, cut down, prune or trim, in whole or in part, such tree or trees, in compliance with the determination of the Division, then the Division shall and may immediately do so.

D. 

The Division shall certify the cost thereof and shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against the lands of the owner. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.

§ 542-7 Permit required to plant in public highway.

Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 491, Streets and Sidewalks.
[Amended 12-11-1997 by Ord. No. MC-3358]

No person shall plant or set out any tree or plant or cause or procure any person to set out or plant any tree or plant in or on any part of any public highway of the city without first having obtained a written permit therefor from the Division, setting forth the conditions under which trees or plants may be set out or planted and the kind thereof. The person obtaining such permit shall comply with all the terms and conditions thereof.

§ 542-8 Placing and maintaining substances impeding access of roots.

A. 

No person shall, without the written permit of the Division, place or maintain or cause to be placed or maintained in or upon the ground of a public highway in the city any stone, cement or other sidewalk or any stone, cement or other substance which shall impede or prevent the free access of water or air to the roots of any tree or plant in any such highway.

B. 

Unless otherwise provided for in the written permit referred to in Subsection A of this section, there must be maintained about the base of the trunk of each tree or plant in the streets of the city four square feet of open ground for each tree of six inches diameter, and for every three inches of increase of such diameter, there must be an increase of at least one square foot of open ground.

C. 

Where any tree in or upon any public highway of or within the city may now or hereafter be surrounded at the base of its trunk by ground which is not open or by open ground of less quantity or measurement than that required by this section, it shall be the duty of the Division to notify the owner of the property on or in front of which any such tree may be to remove, within a time fixed in said notice, so much of the cement, brick or other covering as may be necessary to give the space of open ground required by this section. If the person so notified shall not so remove the covering by the time so fixed, the Division may do so or cause to have it done.

D. 

The Division shall certify the cost thereof and shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against the lands of the owner. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.

§ 542-9 Allowing injurious substances to injure trees and plants.

A. 

No person owning and using or having control or charge of gas or other substances deleterious to tree life shall allow such gas or other substances to come in contact with the soil surrounding the roots of any tree in any public highway or street or of any tree or plant in any city park or parking strip in the city in such manner as may injure, kill or destroy such tree or plants.

B. 

No person shall cause, authorize or procure any brine water, oil, liquid dye or other substance deleterious to tree life to lie, leak, pour, flow or drip on or into the soil about the base of a tree in any public highway or City park or parking strip in the City or onto a sidewalk, road or pavement therein at a point whence such substance may, by lying on or by flowing, dripping or seeping into such soil or in any other manner whatsoever, injure such tree, nor cause or procure such lying, leaking, flowing, dripping, seeping or injuring.

§ 542-10 Protection during construction.

Every person in charge of erection, repair, alteration or removal of any building or structure within the City shall place such good and sufficient guards or protectors as shall prevent injury to all nearby trees arising out of or by reason of such erection, repair, alteration or removal.

§ 542-11 Electric wiring.

Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 412, Poles, Wires and Underground Conduits.
A. 

Every person having any wire charged with electricity running through a public highway in the City shall securely fasten such wire so that it shall not come in contact with any tree or plant therein.

B. 

No person shall, without the written permit of the Division, attach any electric wire or insulator or any device for the holding of any electrical wire or for bracing the poles which carry the same to any tree growing or planted in any park or parking strip or upon any public highway in the City.

§ 542-12 Animals injuring trees.

No person shall tie any horse or other animal to any tree in any public highway or City park within the City nor, having charge of such horse or other animal, allow or cause or procure it to injure any such tree. No person in charge of such horse or other animal shall cause or allow it to stand so that it can injure such tree.

§ 542-13 Permit required to attach devices to trees.

[Amended 12-11-1997 by Ord. No. MC-3358]

No person shall, without the written permit of the Division, attach or keep attached to a tree or plant in a public highway or to the guard or stake intended for the protection of such tree or plant any rope, sign, placard or any other device, thing or object. The charge for each and every permit for the attaching of any rope, sign, placard or any other device, thing or object to a tree or plant in a public highway or the guard or stake intended for the protection of such tree or plant shall be $1 per rope, sign, placard or any other device, thing or object.

§ 542-14 Interference with Division.

No person shall in any way interfere or cause or permit any person to interfere with the Division or its employees in and about the planting, mulching, pruning, spraying, treating or removing of any tree or plant in the public highways of the City or in the removing of stone, cement or other sidewalk or stone, cement or other substance about the trunk of any tree or plant in the public highways in the City.

§ 542-15 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289; 10-12-2006 by Ord. No. MC-4234]

Unless otherwise provided in the chapter, penalties against persons violating the provisions of this chapter shall be imposed in accordance with the provisions of § 1-16A.