Arborist Report Cost Guide 2022: How much does an arborist report cost?

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Arborist reports can help determine the best course of action when it comes to tree removal or tree lopping.

Arborists provide services in cutting down and removing trees from a property or other areas. They can scale trees and remove particular branches, completely cut down trees, and provide stump grinding services. Before contractors can begin their work, they must provide a report to determine the best course of action for safety, know council requirements and more.


What is an arborist report?

Before an arborist can conduct their service, they must first supply a report which is required by local councils. This is to ensure that native and rare tree species could be removed without regulation which could be detrimental to the environment. The actual report is a complex document that cover about 15 areas before a service can begin, these include:

  1. A site map
  2. The trees scientific name
  3. The trunk diameter, canopy spread, height and other important details
  4. Any information about pests or possible disease and abnormalities
  5. Any arguments brought forward that are either in favour or against for alternatives of tree removal.

More often than not if a large tree has been standing for an extended period of time in a neighbourhood, some neighbours may contest the removal of a tree. This may be due to its heritage, the cover or privacy it provides for someone home, and more.

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What else can an arborist do?

Arborists can perform more than just tree removal; they also have other services that help the maintenance and removal of trees. Keeping trees pruned and in check is extremely important in Australia, as during the summer storm season any trees with large branches could damage homes or bring down powerlines. Hired a qualified arborist to perform tree pruning or tree lopping is a sure fire way to have lasting results. Many arborists also perform tree mulching to remove the lopped branches and other debris from the site, which can then be recycled and used on a garden or taken to the appropriate waste facility.

Arborist report costs

Arborist reports can cost from $450 to $2,000 for a full impact assessment. Depending on the location and size of the tree council fees can include:

  • $75-$100 for one to five trees
  • $20-$25 for each additional tree
  • $35 as an archiving fee

There are different types of arborist reports including arboricultural impact assessment, standard report, and specific reports for root structures if the roots protrude beyond a boundary, etc. While these costs may seem extreme it is essential to ensure the correct removal and assessment of trees in suburban areas.

The cost of tree removal can range from $300 to $10,000 with an average cost of around $1,000. The higher price range will often be for large, long-standing trees that may be hazardous to remove and need extra attention and detail required.

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What materials are used for tree removal?

The main cutting tools used for tree removal and tree lopping include:

  • Hatchets
  • Hedge Trimmers
  • Wedges and axes
  • Woodchippers
  • Pole saws
  • Hand saws
  • Mulchers

Arborists may also used other specialised rigging equipment if they are required to climb large trees to prune or lop branches:

  • Cable hoists
  • Rope
  • Rigging equipment
  • Pulleys and blocks
  • Carabiners
  • Winches


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