When dealing with the Township, trees are divided into several categories, each of which has its own associated regulations. “Shade Trees” or “Street Trees” refers to trees within the rights-of-way of public streets. These trees are most commonly known as the trees between the curb and the sidewalk along many public streets. Since the right-of-way of any given public street will generally extend beyond the edge of the roadway, it may not be easy to determine, in areas without sidewalks, if a given tree is a “Shade Tree.” Please call the Township if you have a question regarding the location of the right-of-way of a public street. “Parking Lot Trees” refers to those trees in and surrounding commercial parking lots as required by the Zoning Ordinance. “Buffer Strips” refers to trees and vegetation that serve as an attractive sound and light barrier around commercial uses as required by the Zoning Ordinance. Generally speaking, all other trees on private property are considered private property and may only be subject to Township concern should a situation arise regarding visibility along (or access to) a public right-of-way, danger to property, or public safety.

You can download the Shade Tree Permit Application or the larger, more informative Shade Tree Permit Application Packet by choosing them from the forms on the right.

Planting and Maintaining Shade Trees

There is a large body of literature available to aid in the selection, installation and maintenance of trees. The Township has created the South Whitehall Township Shade Tree Ordinances, Policy and Guide to help residents understand Township regulations with regard to trees, as well as offer useful information regarding the selection, installation and maintenance of trees. The Township has created a number of smaller, more specific guides for residents to use a well. You can find them on the right hand side of this page.