What Type of Arborist Report Do I Need?

By: albertaarb - April 28, 2017

If you own your land and trees, you know things are never as simple as they seem. There’s a fine line between properly pruning and topping, between a healthy tree and a dying one, between obeying all the right rules and a hefty fine. If you want to develop or build on a site or you’re renovating existing structures, you will need an arborist report before you start. An arborist report provides detailed and professional information about your trees so you know exactly what to do—and just as importantly, what not to do. Arborist reports aren’t just for your benefit: they’re usually required by municipalities. But it’s not enough to have an arborist report—you need to make sure you have the right one. The right arborist report can save you time, money, and mental well-being. It can also keep you out of municipal red tape. So which arborist report do you need? Read on to find out.

Tree Inventory Report

Tree inventory reports identify trees on a site, particularly protected ones. Tree inventories will give each tree an identifying number and include the species, size, and condition. Not only is it important to identify the tree correctly, but different municipalities will require different information such as the by-laws under which a tree is protected or the tree’s value. Who needs it? Tree inventory reports are most often used for surveys.

Tree assessment report

Tree assessment reports look at a specific tree. It provides information about that tree’s species, size, health, and structure. Who needs it? Tree assessment reports are usually required by municipalities when applying to injure or remove a protected tree.

Tree valuation report

Tree valuation reports estimate the approximate value of a particular tree in dollars. Who needs it? Tree valuation reports are used in insurance or court cases when trees have been injured or removed without the proper consent or protocol. Tree valuation reports are also often required by municipalities for construction in protected environments.

Tree preservation report

Tree preservation reports are a combination of tree inventories, assessments, and less frequently, valuations. The goal is to identify all protected trees in an area and to detail how these trees will be preserved. Just like tree inventory reports, tree preservation reports will vary depending on your area and your municipality’s by-laws. For example, even though the cities are within the same province, the rules in Hamilton will be different to the rules in Toronto. Who needs it? Tree preservation reports are required by municipalities to preserve trees during development or construction activities.

Talk to an Expert About Your Trees

Before you begin any construction project, talk to a tree professional. They can give you expert advice about the trees on your property and guide you through the municipal process. At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal with any tree removal in any location and can ensure no damage is done to your property. Click here to contact us or call the number at the top of the page for a free, no-obligation estimate of your job.

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