FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine if a tree in front of my house belongs to me or the Town of Reading?

Contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 942-9092 Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Who do I call in an emergency if a tree or large limb falls from a Town tree?

Contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 942-9092 Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Does the Town have a spray program for gypsy or winter moth?

The Department of Public Works does not have a Town-wide spray program.

What can I do about tree roots pushing up the sidewalk?

Tree roots can certainly contribute to sidewalk failure, but generally do not cause the heaving initially. We do not remove trees solely because of sidewalk failure. You may contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 942-9077 to have the sidewalk inspected. We will work with the Highway Division to repair the sidewalk without compromising the health of the tree.

I'm tired of raking leaves and cleaning gutters. Why doesn't the Town do something about its trees?

We do not remove trees for this reason alone. The benefits of shade trees along Town streets‚ shading and cooling your property, regulating the flow of stormwater along your street, the aesthetic value‚ far outweigh the work created by fallen leaves.

Will the DPW plant a tree in front of my house?

The Town of Reading has limited resources for tree planting in each fiscal budget. If you wish to have a tree planted, please contact the Forestry Division. We will evaluate your site for suitability and put you on a list for fall planting. If the trees for fall planting are accounted for, you will be placed on the following year's list.

Will the DPW trim or remove the tree in front of my house?

The Forestry Division will evaluate all requests for trimming or removal. We will decide if trimming is adequate. If the tree is deemed hazardous, it may need to be removed. Trees will only be removed if they are dead or determined to be a hazard.

Where can I allow my dog to run without a leash?

At all parks, the Town of Reading's ordinance on leash control apply. And of course, dog walkers are required to pick up dog waste at all sites.

What can be done about dog owners who don't follow the rules about leashes and sanitation?

Citizens should contact the Animal Control Officer at (781) 944-1212.

Whom do I call to reserve a field for sports and games?

You may call the Recreation Division of the Department of Public Works at (781) 942-6674

Do I need a permit to have a picnic?

It depends upon the size and complexity of your event. For a small family outing that does not involve on-site cooking, no permit is required. If you have something else in mind, contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 942-9077, give us the details, and we'll advise you on what may be required.

Can I use grills for cooking in parks?

Town regulations do not allow such open fires in parks, unless you are issued a permit for a special event. You will need to complete a permit application, and may need to attend a hearing of the Special Events Committee. Contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 942-9077.