Agendas and Minutes can be found in the Document Center under the Government tab
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:64-1 et seq., the Borough of West Cape May established a Shade Tree Commission whose duties include the oversight of trees and shrubs on both public and, private property in the borough.
The Shade Tree Commission’s mission is:
Geographically, West Cape May is located on one of the world’s top migratory paths for hawks, seabirds, songbirds, butterflies, and dragonflies. The diversity of forests, salt marshes, beaches, maritime forests. and grasslands makes the area a key stopover point for migrating wildlife. Preserving these vital natural resources through active management of the community’s urban forest is an important goal of the Shade Tree Commission.
The commission consists of nine (9) members appointed by the Mayor with advice and consent of Borough Council. All appointments are for five (5) year terms.
The commission meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 PM in the Caucus Room at Borough Hall, 732 Broadway, West Cape May.
Tree Removal Regulations
Pursuant to West Cape May Ordinance 624-23, no person shall remove or destroy any tree subject to the ordinance regulations without first obtaining a tree removal permit from the Borough. The application for a tree removal permit is available online or at Borough hall. The application must be submitted to the Borough’s Zoning Officer. The fee is $60 for the first tree and $35 for each additional tree to be removed, per application.
For Tree Removal Application please visit our Document Center under the Government Tab and click on the Shade Tree folder
Applications and fees must be received by the Zoning Office at least 10 days prior to the meeting date.
CHECK BEFORE YOU HIRE!
Note to Consumers: Any business that provides tree care services for hire in the state of New Jersey shall be registered with the NJ Board of Tree Experts and have, in its employ, at least one full time Licensed Tree Expert or Licensed Tree Care Operator, depending on the services that are offered.
Please call the Board of Tree Experts to verify that a business is registered and licensed under the law. Call us at (732) 534-0982 or email us at
It is important to make sure that the company is qualified to do tree work and fully insured in case an accident happens. Incorrect tree work can predispose your trees to many future problems, including tree failure. In addition, many homeowner policies will not cover injuries or damage done by an under-insured tree care contractor, which may leave the financial burden on the homeowner.
Click here to go directly to the Directory of Licensees and Businesses that are in compliance with the Law.
In most cases when a tree is approved for removal a replacement is required. The Shade Tree Commission has developed a list of trees that are specifically selected for planting in our community. They are urban and salt tolerant with high wildlife benefit.
pdf Click Here for the West Cape May List of Approved Trees. Replacement trees must be selected from this list.
Shade Tree Commission Members
Wayne Hoffman, Chair
|William Oetinger, Treasurer
09/10/2021 - 12/31/2025
Glenda Unzelmann (Alt. 2)
|Susan Hoffman, Secretary
01/01/2021 - 12/31/2025
Barry T. Sullivan, Vice Chair
|Harry Schmidt (Alt. 1)
01/01/2023 - 12/31/2024
The plants listed below are considered native to the Lower Cape May Region and a good way to start small: