How to get the most from an arborist report?

Part of the arborist job is to provide a complete assessment report. The arborist report contains all the important information regarding the condition (physical and health) of the trees involved and property.

The arborist report should always be accurate, complete and comply with the Australian Standard. Mainly because this can be used in filing for the necessary permit, or as a legal document that can be presented in the court or local council once requested.

Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of the correct details to include in the arborist report. As a result, the local council rejected the application and forbade the pursuance of the tree removal. To prevent this from happening, and get the most from it, is by determining the right type of arborist report to fill up.

Types of Arborist Report

There are 4 types of arborist report and they are described as follows:

1. Pre-Development Vegetation Assessments

This assessment will provide information on which trees, around the property, the arborist can work on for preservation, trimming or removal. This arborist report is being performed during the early stage of planning.

2. Development Application Reports

This arborist report has two purposes: first, this will answer all the local councils’ concerns regarding the proposal of development and how it fits the needs of the existing trees. And second, this will verify if the land is possible to work on or extend.

Arborist reports are commonly to perform at the beginning of the planning process. This is to alter it easily on all the land’s improvement. But this is not always the case for development application reports. Local councils commonly require homeowners to get this arborist during the middle stages of the planning process.

3. Hazard Tree Risk Assessments

This arborist report purpose is to assess the trees for potential failure. Upon discovering it, the arborist will write all their recommendations for treatments to solve the hazardous trees and preventions plan for it not to spread out.

This arborist report is only applicable for lands with a small number of tree populations.

4. Tree Management Plans

The purpose of this arborist report is to distinguish which of the mature trees in the area that are hazardous and need to remove immediately. Also, the recommendation on the proper care of all the trees that have been retained.

This arborist report is only required if the land they are working on contains a large population of mature trees.

Aside from the type of arborist report, it’s also wise for everyone to know the process of the application. Not to mention, the necessary documents required for each process.

Application Process

Step 1: Application completion

This may be stating the obvious, but the application form must be fully filled up. The information covered in the application are the following:

  • The main purpose of the application. This is the portion to include the owner’s plan of improvement (e.g. building or removing an existing dwelling) and the trees that are going to be affected.
  • The property details. The arborist must pinpoint the exact areas of the property where most trees will get affected by the improvement.
  • The tree assessment – retention value.
  • The location of each tree. This is important to take note for the council to see the significant effect of the development on the surrounding trees. The arborist must describe the trees current status and their proposed plan to re-plant or remove it.
  • The discussion of the impact of the development on the trees and environment.

Lastly, it must be signed completely by the owners. This will show that the owners agreed on the proposed solution and plans of the arborist.

Step 2: Assessment of the trees

To check the accuracy of the arborist report, an officer from the local council will conduct their own inspection of the tree.

Step 3: Determination of the tree application

This is the portion of the application where the owners will know if their request has been approved, deferral or disapproved. The deferral is commonly given after step 1 if the application form is not completed or the local council request for more details.

The application process typically takes less than 4 weeks.

Lastly, how much does the arborist report cost?

Cost is always on the list of homeowner’s consideration. The good thing about the arborist report cost is companies are offering a fixed rate per tree.

Today, the arborist report cost starts at $300 for a single tree report. If there are more trees to assess, it’s wise to search for a trusted company that offers discounts for a bulk project. For a bulk project, the typical arborist report cost starts at $400.
Since the arborist report requires a thorough assessment of the property’s soil and trees, most local councils set a standard that only an arborist with AQF level 5 arborist qualification is allowed to do the arborist report.

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