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ARBORIST REPORTS

WHAT IS AN ARBORIST REPORT?  

An arborist report is a formal certified document, prepared by an arborist that has completed a “Diploma of Arboriculture” - or as industry speak would say - a “cert 5” arborist qualification. This is the highest possible Arboricultural qualification in Australia.   

WHY WOULD I NEED AN ARBORIST REPORT?

Arborist reports are needed for a variety of reasons throughout Victoria. Some of the most common reasons we prepare arborist reports are: 

  • Tree removal planning permit applications. Depending on the council you reside in, you may need an arborist report to submit alongside a planning permit application when trying to get approval for a tree removal. This is most commonly needed when your house and land is covered by a VPO or SLO (Vegetation Protection Overlay, or Significant Landscape Overlay). Not sure if you need a permit? Visit our council permit information page

  • Planning permits for building. When you are applying for a planning permit to build or extend on your property, and there are existing significant trees on the block or within 3 metres of the boundary line of your block, you will need to submit an arborist report alongside the planning permit. These building-specific reports cover the health and condition of the trees prior to building, and will often come with recommendations on how to execute the build process whilst protecting the integrity of the trees, preventing you from Council hassles. 

  • Tree root inspection reports. These reports are written by onsite arborists who oversee trench digging within tree protection zones. This kind of arborist report is often required when trenches and site cuts are being done close to significant trees. 

    WHAT DOES A STANDARD ARBORIST REPORT INCLUDE?

A standard report contains photos and information on the trees including

  • Tree species 

  • Tree size (height and breadth) 

  • D.B.H (diameter at breast height)

  • T.P.Z (Tree Protection Zone) 

  • S.R.Z (Structural Root Zone) 

  • Health and structure of the tree

  • Age 

  • Origin (native or non-native) 

  • Arborist rating (a rating system that determines the retention value of the tree)  

  • S.U.L.E (safe useful life expectancy) 

An arborist report should also contain:

  • Observations on the site itself from the arborist. 

  • Tree observations that detail any faults or problems with the tree. 

  • Photographs of the tree and any evidence for any recommendations or claims made in the report. 

  • A site map with the trees clearly marked. 

  • Tree removal Recommendations. 

  • Tree pruning recommendations. 

  • Tree management plan when needed. 

  • Construction management plan for Tree Protection Zones. 

  • Instruction on the planning laws pertaining to the trees on the land. 

  • Pest and disease information and management recommendations.


HOW LONG SHOULD AN ARBORIST REPORT TAKE?

At Treeincarnation we are renowned for quick turnaround on our reports, with clear transparent communication throughout the whole process. Usually a report can be completed within 7 working days of a site visit (we only require one visit to create an arborist report). Instead of the 14-30 day turnaround times that most other companies provide.

If you need an arborist report, or if you have any questions or queries regarding arborist reports, fill in your details to get a call from an expert, or call us today on 0478 896 636

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