Every Business engaged in providing tree care services for hire in New Jersey shall register biennially with the Board, as a condition of doing business in New Jersey. This includes businesses that are located outside New Jersey, yet perform tree care services in the State.

NOTE: The Deadline for Business Registrations is September 14, 2017. Please use the Business Registration Application to apply. Please note that the Board may issue civil penalties of up to $1000.00 for the first violation of 7:3A-9.6. for "engaging in the business of providing tree care services for hire in New Jersey without first registering with the Board."

This licensing program and Business Registration will allow the Board to identify and communicate directly to all companies doing tree care work within the state and provide opportunities for worker safety information and materials to be disseminated. The training requirement will ensure that employees have regular safety instruction and bring about the reduction of injuries and fatalities to tree care workers.

On April 17, 2017, the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Law's rules were adopted and promulgated.

With the adoption of the rules, every Business providing tree care services within the state will have to register with the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts, and has 60 days or until June 16, 2017 to provide the required documentation.

A Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) who wishes to use the Licensed Tree Expert designation in advertising, or a Licensed Tree Care Operator (LTCO) who wishes to use the Licensed Tree Care Operator designation in advertising, shall include his or her name and license number in any form of advertising relating to tree care services, using the following format:

  • Name of the individual
  • Either the abbreviation LTE or Licensed Tree Expert, or LTCO or Licensed Tree Care Operator
  • Licensee's license number preceded by the "#" symbol

Examples are:

  • John Doe, LTE #100
  • John Smith, LTCO #100
  • John Doe, Licensed Tree Expert #100
  • John Smith, Licensed Tree Care Operator #100

No business shall advertise or represent itself to the public as offering tree care services within the State of New Jersey or use any title, designation, words, letter or abbreviations tending to indicate that a business is a registered business unless it is in fact registered with the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts.

A registered business shall only advertise those tree care services which its licensee(s) is/are licensed to perform.

Any registered business that wishes to advertise shall include its name and its registration number in any form of advertising related to tree care services. The registered business shall identify its registration number in the following way: The words "NJTC Registration" and the business's registration number preceded by the "#" symbol. An example of the correct advertisement form for businesses is: Red Oak Tree Experts, NJTC Registration #100

Failure to comply may result in the suspension or revocation of the business's registration, refusal by the Board to register the business and/or the issuance of civil penalties.

All forms of advertising shall conform to the requirements of Subchapter 5 "Advertising", of the Board of Tree Experts rules, within 30 days following the promulgation of the rules. Failure to comply may result in the issuance of civil administrative penalties.