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Arborist Report for Tree Removal or Tree Pruning

In order to obtain consent form council to remove or prune a tree, you may require an arborist report to be submitted with your application to your council. The Arborist Network can link you with a professional suitably qualified to provide an arborist report in Australia.

Getting an arborist report in Sydney, NSW is simple and straightforward. Your consulting arborist will assess your trees and advise you of their opinion of your trees prior to starting your report. You need to know that your consultant is there to give you impartial advice, and will not support your application unless there is a legitimate reason to do so. If we believe the tree work you want will be unacceptable to the council, we will generally suggest that you do not proceed with a formalised arborist report.

Where tree removal is recommended a suitable replacement tree or trees will generally be recommended in the tree reports; in Australia, many non-native trees do not fare well despite extra care, and we keep this at the forefront of recommendations.

To order tree reports in Sydney, please contact us on (02) 9835 1234 or email with your contact details and a brief description.

Pre-purchase Tree Inspection

If you are considering buying a property that has large or significant trees, then you should consider a Prepurchase Tree Inspection. This will inform you of any tree issues that you may face in the near future, such as the need to remove trees that are structurally unstable or that may be causing damage to neighbouring properties.  This information can have an influence the value of the property.

If the site is being purchased for a proposed development, the inspection will identify whether there are any endemic or endangered species that may impact on the proposed development or that are likely to result in additional costs associated with flora and fauna studies.

Preliminary Tree Assessment (Pre DA Report)

When plans haven't been started or finalised, a Preliminary Tree Assessment (PTA) should be performed. A PTA report contains an assessment of the trees on site as well as any neighbouring trees that may be impacted by the proposed development. This report is prepared in accordance with AS 4970-2009 'Protection of trees on development sites'.

The information in a PTA report enables you and your design team to make the best possible decisions in terms of tree retention and protection .

Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report (DA Report)

When plans  have been finalised, including changes recomended in the PTA Report completed, your arborist will proceed with the Arboricultural Impact Assessmet Report (AIAR). This is the report   that need to be submitted to the consent authority as part of the DA application.

The AIAR contains all  the relevant information from the preliminary tree assessment as well as discussing the impact of the proposed development on the trees. This document includes recomendations on how the trees should be protected during the proposed development in a document titeled the Tree Protection Plan and shows the location of the tree protection measures in the Tree Protection Plan Drawing.

AS 4970-2009 'Protection of trees on development sites' states that you do not need a AIAR if the proposed work is more than 12 times the trunk diameter from any tree. Where the work is proposed to be closer than this 12 times benchmark,  your consulting arborist will be able to advise you on how close the proposed work can come to the tree as well as what measures and arboricultural imput will be required to ofset this impact.


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