Zoning & Tree Inspections

Zoning Officer

The Zoning Officer is responsible for the enforcement of the Township’s zoning and property maintenance laws and regulations and the issuance of tree removal permits.

Zoning Permit

A zoning permit is required as a condition precedent to the commencement of a use or the:

  • Alteration
  • Construction
  • Conversion
  • Erection
  • Installation of a structure or building
  • Reconstruction


Zoning Ordinances

For more information on the zoning requirements in Berkeley Heights please see the Municipal Land Use Ordinances.

The Municipal Land Use Ordinances define requirements for such items as:

  • Set Back
  • Fences
  • Walls
  • Decks
  • Swimming Pools

Tree Removal

Want to Remove a Tree?  You Need a Permit! Please use our online process listed below to apply and pay.

If for anyone wants to remove a deciduous tree over eight inches in diameter or an evergreen tree over six feet tall from a property or right of way, the Township ordinance requires they apply for a permit.  The tree ordinance applies to all properties in the township regardless of where the tree is located: commercial property, private residences, and school properties. 

The ordinance is here: Tree Ordinance

Any person violating or causing to be violated any of the provisions this chapter shall be subject to a fine.

Permits must be issued by the Zoning Officer for tree removal on private property for trees 8 inches in caliper or greater. Residents may remove up to three trees in a calendar year at $10 per tree.  Each tree thereafter costs $50 per tree.

Online Tree Removal Request

Please use this link to apply online and select "tree":  https://www.sdlportal.com/towns/nj/union/berkeleyheightstwp/requests/zoning


Please email trees@bhtwp.com