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Borough of Spotswood, NJ
Middlesex County
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No person shall do or cause to be done any of the following acts affecting the trees, shrubbery or ornamental material planted or growing naturally within the highways or public places under the jurisdiction of the Borough, except with a written permit first obtained from the Department of Public Works:
A. 
Cut, trim, break, disturb the roots of, or spray with chemicals a living tree or shrub; or injure, misuse, or remove any structure or device placed to support or protect any tree or shrub.
B. 
Plant or remove a living tree or shrub or climb a living tree or shrub with spikes.
C. 
Fasten rope, wire, electric attachments, signs or other devices to a tree or shrub or to a guard about a tree or shrub.
D. 
Close or obstruct an open space provided about the base of a tree or shrub to permit the access of air, water or fertilizer to the roots of a tree or shrub.
E. 
Pile any building material or make any mortar or cement within six feet of a tree or shrub.
F. 
Change the grade of the soil within the limits of the lateral spread of the branches of a tree.
Persons having control over a wire for the transmission of an electric current along a public highway shall guard all trees through which or near which the wire passes against any injury from the wire or cable or from the electric current carried by it. The device or means used shall be subject to approval by the Department of Public Works.
No person shall place any guy wire, brace or other device on a tree in a manner which will injure it.
No person shall hitch or fasten an animal to a tree or shrub on a public highway or to a guard or support provided for a tree or shrub or permit an animal to bite or otherwise injure a tree or shrub.
No person shall permit brine, gas or an injurious chemical or liquid to come in contact with the stump or roots of any tree or shrub on a public highway.
No person shall prevent, delay or interfere with lawful work undertaken by the Department of Public Works or its authorized agent.