Frequently Asked Questions
Among the direct economic benefits of trees are lowered energy costs to homeowners, lower air conditioning costs, lower heating costs when trees are planted as windbreaks, and value added from landscaped vs. non-landscaped homes (from 5-20% value difference).
Yes. It is unlawful to attach anything to a street tree. See Sec. 22-6 of the Princeton Trees and Shrubs ordinance.
STC cannot recommend one tree service company over another, but it does recommend that you solicit more than one estimate prior to hiring a company.
No. The arborist is responsible only for the planting, care, and control of trees and shrubs upon and in the streets, highways, public places, public right-of-ways, and parks of the municipality. On the home page of this website, you can find a link to a list of arboricultural companies (tree services) that are registered to work in Princeton.
Cut them into smaller pieces no more than 3 1/2 feet long, tie for collection, and place bundles curbside in accordance with your regular brush pickup schedule.
Mulch around a tree should be spread like a donut, not a volcano. Never allow mulch to touch the tree’s bark, and never pile it higher than 3-4 inches. Mulch too deep decreases the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, which can lead to fungal and bacterial diseases. It is best to mulch with wood chips or other coarse organic material.
Please contact the STC with your name and information regarding the person to be honored. Princeton residents may also apply to adopt a tree or nominate a historic tree. Contact the STC for details.
If you have recently lost a street tree, or simply lack a street tree, the front of your property may be an ideal place for a young shade tree. Please contact the STC.
In many localities, it is common practice for a resident to prune a neighboring tree overhanging their property, only up to the property line, so long as the tree itself is not damaged. Trimming a tree improperly can cause damage to the tree. You should consult with your neighbor before taking any action.
Each tree removed is considered a separate violation. Please consult Sec. 22-16 of the Princeton Trees and Shrubs Ordinance adopted by Princeton Council in 2016.
Those trees growing in the public right-of-way are protected and maintained by the municipality. All other trees are the responsibility of the property owner.
For non-emergencies, call the Municipal Arborist (609-497-7639) or email the arborist through the “contact” link on this site. Please describe the problem, and provide your address, cross street, and telephone number or email.
If you are having a tree emergency--i.e., a tree has fallen--there may be power lines involved. Do not go near it. Call the police at 911.
The Princeton STC works with residents and employees of the municipality to watch over the health and diversity of our forest and street trees; to inventory, maintain, and grow the community green scene; to survey and monitor the streets to reduce risk from hazardous or ailing trees; and to promote public awareness of proper tree care.
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No. Princeton does not have rent control.
Yes, however, room and flat rentals require Zoning Department approval first.
All rental properties should be registered with the Bureau of Rental Housing Inspection.
That depends. Single and two family rental properties are inspected every two years and are issued a Certificate of Compliance