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Effective 18 September 2013

Please take note that the Borough of DUMONT has passed an amendment to the Shade Tree ordinance that requires a permit before ANY tree can be removed within the Borough. This ordinance applies to all trees, be they on private property or on public right of way. Before ANY tree can be removed the homeowner or contractor will need to secure a permit from the Building Department for a fee of $25.00. 

Following the application for a permit, the Dumont Shade Tree Commission will inspect the tree to certify the jurisdiction of the tree and determine if the tree is on private property and therefore can proceed. The application process will be completed within 5 days of the application request. 


Click here to download the Hazardous Tree Notification Form

(print, complete and mail to Borough Hall or call the DSTC Desk at Borough Hall (201-244-3920).

NEW! Click HERE and enter information about a tree -- a DSTC Commissioner will follow up in person.

Tree Branch within 10’ of an Electric Wire:

1. By law, branches that are within 10’ of electric lines are the responsibility of PSE&G. Please note that PSE&G is on a 4 year pruning rotation through Bergen & Hudson Counties. Check the PSE&G website for additional information.
2. Call PSE&G 24 Hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-350-PSEG (7734).
3. If you know of a tree you suspect is hazardous, please report it to the DSTC for evaluation by calling 201-244-3920 or Click HERE and enter information about a tree -- a DSTC Commissioner will follow up in person.

Tree on Town Property is Hazardous:

1. Check Is this a Town Tree, or Your Tree, or a Neighbor’s Tree?
2. Call DSTC Desk at 201-244-3920.
3. NEW! Click HERE and enter information about a tree -- a DSTC Commissioner will follow up in person.
4. Volunteer for the Tree Committee… be a part of future safety for Dumont!

Tree on Your Property is Hazardous:

1. Before ANY tree can be removed the homeowner or contractor will need to secure a permit from the Building Department for a fee of $25.00. 

Following the application for a permit, the DSTC will inspect the tree to certify the jurisdiction of the tree and determine if the tree is on private property and therefore can proceed. The application process will be completed within 5 days of the application request. 
2. Call a Certified Tree Expert (CTE). For contact information, visit http://www.njtreeexperts.org/

Tree on Your Neighbor’s Property is Hazardous:

1. Check your property survey to make sure it is not your tree first.
2. Speak to your neighbor and explain why you believe it is a problem.  Ask them to fix the problem as soon as possible.

Call Before You Dig 800-272-1000

Before planting any tree or removing a stump, call to have the gas and water main lines marked. This free service is intended to prevent accidents with utilities.

Sewer Pipe is Clogged, or Water Pipe Bursts:

1. Underground utility and service pipes from the house to the street are the homeowner responsibility.
2. Call a licensed plumber, or United Water NJ for assistance.

Tree Committee Volunteer Contact Information:

E-mail Ray Slaman.

Is this a Town Tree, or Your Tree, or a Neighbor’s Tree?

FACT:

The Line of Responsibility is the Property Line.

FICTION:

The town will pay for work on everything within 10’ from the curb.

WHY? The Town “Right of Way” is different on different streets.  You need to find out your particular situation.

Right Of Way (“ROW”):  The public property in the Borough of Dumont, which excludes private property, and is the jurisdiction of the Borough, and is inclusive of all land in and along any Street up to the private property lines as shown on the Tax Map. 

1. Find the survey or deed that you received when you purchased your house.  The survey will show the property line.  Measure from your house out toward the street to find where the property line is according to the survey.  You can also figure out where this line is by going to Borough Hall to find the tax map for your street.  The tax lot line is your property line.  If you need professional assistance, consider calling a surveyor to place permanent markers for you.  
2. If the tree is closer to the house than the property line, then it is your tree.  You are responsible for maintaining the tree in a safe and healthy manner. Call a Certified Tree Expert (CTE).  These professionals have the right equipment and knowledge to correctly prune and remove dead or dying trees or branches.  The small expense is more than offset by expensive damage if a branch or the tree falls on your house, your car, or worse.  In addition, a CTE can help keep your tree healthy and beautiful through proper pruning. The only exception to this is any tree branch within 10’ of a wire, which by law is the responsibility of PSE&G.

If you are considering removal of the tree, Dumont Ordinance requires that you obtain a permit for ANY tree to be removed. Please visit the Building Department at Borough Hall.

3. If the tree is closer to the street than the property line, then it is a town tree.  The town is responsible for that tree.  Report any concerns to the DSTC Desk at 201-244-3920.

NEW! Click HERE and enter information about a tree -- a DSTC Commissioner will follow up in person.

If the problem is a branch within 10’ of an electric wire, call PSE&G at 1-800-350-PSEG (7734)  or check their website.

4. If the tree is on your neighbor’s property, then they are responsible to maintain the tree. Please speak to them…communication will solve most problems.

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