Tree Reports, Tree Removal Reports, DA Tree Reports & Arborist Consulting in Southern Highlands, Sydney & NSW

Canopy Tree’s AQF 5 consultants are here to assess your trees, whether for tree health and condition, habitat, Development applications or represent you in the land an environment, court over tree disputes. We have the experience and know how to tackle all your requirements when you need a consulting arborist.

Many councils require an Arborist report to accompany tree removal applications or Development Application (DA), now days.

An Arboricultural assessment report is a vital and credible component in applying for tree permit, for tree removal and submitting a development application to build on a site which contains trees that must be retained or removed, as part of the consent from council.

In producing the reports listed below, we will save you time, money, and stress, giving you the time to concentrate on the more enjoyable side of the project in hand. The considered impartial testimony of our professional consultants will give your application credibility.

Our consultant Arborists can supply Arboricultural Assessment reports for you with guidance from AS 4970-2009 Protection of trees on building sites.

  • Tree health and structure
  • Tree hazard and risk assessment
  • Development Applications (DA) small and large sites
  • Tree pest & disease identification
  • Tree reports for Council
  • Tree management plans
  • Proactive tree maintenance plans
  • Small and large site tree surveys
  • Tree climbing Inspections
  • Tree disputes (Professional Witness, Land and Environment Court)
  • Heritage impact statements regarding trees and significance
  • Consultation and advice regarding how to best conserve your tree asset long term
  • Site Arborist inspections and reports for the management of trees before during and after project completion
  • Compliant certification for projects
  • Pre development tree surveys
  • School Surveys and reports

Before approaching a draftsman or architect, you should have a consulting arborist assess all the trees on your site, as well as any trees located on neighbouring properties and council road reserves.

Our consultants will gather data on tree health, structure, species, size, retention value, and calculate tree protection zones. This information is given to the architect to aid them in designing around any known constraints. Pre-development tree surveys are an essential step in the application process and will help you reach your end goal sooner, saving you money along the way.


Once you have plans drawn for a proposed land development, our consultants will work with you to prepare an arborist report based on the proposed development application. This type of report will outline tree health, structure, species, size and planned retention or removal. It will also contain information on how any retained trees will be protected during the development to satisfy the local council.


Construction impact reports are prepared following a request for further information from council once an application has been submitted. Usually when this happens it’s because an arborist report was not submitted along with the initial application; however, it may be because the council rejected the initial application that included the removal of significant trees. For the latter our consultants will work with you to help alter proposed plans to satisfy council requirements.


During construction an arborist may be required to oversee works near retained trees, or make further recommendations as the project evolves. Some permits may include clauses relating to trees where a project arborist is to sign off at various stages, be contactable, be present during excavation and/or further assess the tree/s after construction. Contact us now to discuss our services and pricing.


Many domestic clients like to have an arborist assess their trees for many different reasons such as;

  • they may be worried about branch failure
  • tree roots affecting structures
  • the impact of a neighbour’s tree/s on their property, or
  • they may simply like to know what species of tree they have and how best to care for it

In some of these cases a report may not be necessary and the owner may only wish to have a verbal consultation.


Schools have a growing responsibility to ensure a safe environment for all children, staff, and all who use the school grounds . It is now a requirement, that trees on school property be assessed for potential hazard and risk, to minimise the likely hood of a tree causing harm, to people and school infrastructure, every 12 months. This means an AQF 5 arborist with the appropriate risk qualifications for assessing trees, is required to tag each tree, record, height, DBH, canopy span(N,E S W) assess structure and vitality of the tree and provide a risk rating. Any defects noticed such as failed branches, deadwood, cracks, fungus, hanging branches, bulges, construction damage, damage from tree on infrastructure etc must be recorded. Recommendations are given in final report along with spreadsheet from survey.

We have experience in this field and are willing and able to help your school, meet these new and developing requirements. We also use GPS technology to assist with a more exact location of each tree. This means your school has access to your tree inventory at a touch of a button, rather than having to read through endless pages of the written report in pdf format, so often provided these days. This technology can also be used in the classroom for educational purposes, in identifying and learning about trees, so your children have a better understanding of their environment.

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    Frequently Asked Questions


    What Information is Included in an Arborist Report?

    An Arborist Report is a comprehensive document created by a certified arborist that details the health, condition, and structural integrity of one or more trees. It covers any detected defects, damages, pests, or diseases and provides professional recommendations for remediation, pruning, or other treatments.


    Who Should Obtain an Arborist Report?

    Arborist Reports are essential for homeowners, property managers, councils, and anyone needing expert insights into the health and condition of their trees. These reports are often necessary for local council applications for tree-related work.


    What is the Timeframe for Receiving an Arborist Report?

    The time required to complete an Arborist Report depends on the project's complexity and the number of trees involved. Generally, once the onsite assessment is done, we aim to deliver the report within a few business days. Larger or more complex projects may take longer. Contact us for a specific timeframe for your needs.


    How Can I Ensure My Trees Remain Healthy and Long-Lived?

    Regular maintenance and inspections by certified arborists are essential for the longevity and health of your trees. Our Arborist Reports provide detailed insights into your trees' current health and offer recommendations for necessary treatments and maintenance to keep them thriving for years to come.


    How Does an Arborist Report Support Council Applications?

    Local councils frequently require an Arborist Report as part of the application process for tree work. Our detailed reports provide the necessary information and recommendations to help ensure that your application is complete, facilitating a smoother and more successful approval process.


    Can an Arborist Report Determine if My Tree is a Protected Species?

    Yes, Arborist Reports can identify the species of your trees, which is essential for understanding any legal protections. Certain tree species are protected under local and state laws, and our certified arborists can help you navigate the necessary steps to comply with these regulations.


    Can an Arborist Report Help with Managing Tree Pests and Diseases?

    Yes, Arborist Reports are crucial for identifying and managing pests and diseases in trees. The report will pinpoint existing problems and suggest appropriate treatments to manage and prevent further infestations or disease spread, thereby maintaining tree health.


    What is a Tree Inspection or Assessment, and How Does it Relate to an Arborist Report?

    A tree inspection or assessment is a thorough evaluation performed by a qualified arborist to determine a tree’s health, structure, and overall vitality. This inspection identifies signs of disease, pest infestations, structural weaknesses, or other potential hazards and forms the basis of the Arborist Report, which includes detailed findings and care recommendations.


    Can an Arborist Report Address Safety Concerns?

    Yes, Arborist Reports provide critical information about the structural stability of your trees and can identify any potential hazards. This information allows you to take necessary actions, such as pruning or tree removal, to address safety concerns.