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Arborist Reports

arborist report tree removal york region newmarket sequoia treescapeWhat Is An Arborist Report?

An arborist report is a detailed breakdown of a tree that is in line to be removed. A local certified arborist will examine the tree and determine any and all issues with it and make recommendations about the best way to deal with the tree, whether that be pruning, pest control measures, or removal. An arborist report serves two purposes; it is either for a homeowner to get a better sense of how their tree is doing or it is for a township office to understand better why a homeowner wants to remove a tree and so that they can grant that homeowner a tree removal permit. For an arborist report to be considered legitimate it must be filled out by a certified arborist near you. Here at Sequoia TreeScape our certified arborists are happy to assist you with all of your arborist report needs. Contact our office today about setting up your appointment.

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When Do You Need An Arborist Report?

When it comes to removing trees on your property, each municipality will have different regulations about when an arborist report is needed for a tree removal. For example, in 2016 the Town of Aurora in the York Region passed a new bylaw which stated that homeowners may only remove 2 trees from their property per year. If they want or need to remove more trees than that then they will need a local certified arborist to prepare an arborist report to submit to the town for approval to get a tree removal permit.

And as of 2022, a new tree removal bylaw has been passed in the town of Newmarket so that you must have an arborist report written up by a certified arborist near you and be granted a tree removal permit by the town for all tree removals for trees larger than 8 inches in diameter. If you neglect to get a tree removal permit you will be subjected to a fine, fees, and compensation.

York Region’s Municipality Tree Removal Rules

Here is a list of the different major city centers within the York Region and their tree bylaws.

Newmarket Tree Removal Rules

You must have an arborist report and approved tree removal permit granted by the town for any tree removal on your property for trees larger than 8 inches in diameter. For more on Newmarket’s tree removal bylaws see the town’s website.

Aurora Tree Removal Rules

Homeowners may only remove 2 trees from their property in a 12-month period, unless they live within the heritage district of Aurora in which case they must have an arborist report and tree removal permit for any tree removals. For more on Aurora’s tree removal bylaws see the town’s website.

Markham Tree Removal Rules

You must have an arborist report and approved tree removal permit granted by the town for any tree removal on your property for trees larger than 8 inches in diameter. For more on Markham’s tree removal bylaws see the town’s website.

Richmond Hill Tree Removal Rules

You must have an arborist report and approved tree removal permit granted by the town for any tree removal on your property for trees larger than 8 inches in diameter. For more on Richmond Hill’s tree removal bylaws see the town’s website.

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Georgina Tree Removal Rules

You must have an arborist report and approved tree removal permit granted by the town for any tree removal if your property is larger than .5 acres. For more on Georgina’s tree removal bylaws see the town’s website.

Vaughan Tree Removal Rules

You must have an arborist report and approved tree removal permit granted by the town for any tree removal on your property for trees larger than 8 inches in diameter. For more on Vaughan’s tree removal bylaws see the town’s website.

King Township Tree Removal Rules

You do not need a tree removal permit to remove a tree on private property unless that tree is part of a woodlot. For more on King Township’s tree removal bylaws see the town’s website.

East Gwillimbury Tree Removal Rules

As of March 2022, homeowners do not need a tree removal permit to remove a tree on private property, however, the town council is trying to bring a motion forward to create a tree removal bylaw. For more on East Gwillimbury’s tree removal bylaws see the town’s website.

These are only overviews of each township’s tree removal bylaws. It is recommended that you consult with your township’s website or call the town directly for the most up-to-date information on the tree removal process.

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What Will An Arborist Report Cover?

There are a number of reasons why a homeowner could need an arborist report and a number of topics the report could discuss.

Determining What Is Wrong With A Tree

If you have a tree on your property that is wilting, refuses to grow, or is sick in some other way a qualified arborist can take a look at it and provide a report with a diagnosis of what is wrong with the tree and what could be done to salvage it if anything or they might recommend removing the tree for the safety of your family and to prevent future property damage.

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If you plan to clear a spot on your property for some sort of construction project whether it be an addition on your home, a garage, a pool, or some other structure you will need an arborist report from a local certified arborist as part of the building permit approval process.

Removal Recommendation of a Tree From Your Property

If you live in York Region and plan to remove a tree on your property there’s a good chance you’re going to need a tree removal permit, especially if the tree is rather large in size. An arborist report from a local certified arborist near you is required to show the necessity of removing the tree. An arborist’s recommendation will make it possible for you to be granted a tree removal permit from the town.

How Much Do Arborist Reports Cost?

There is a cost involved both in getting an arborist report prepared and in getting a tree removal permit from the township. An arborist report must be conducted by a certified arborist for it to be valid to submit to the township and they typically cost around $350. This price is dependent on a few factors such as whether you are having one tree looked at or multiple trees, and the complexity of the tree in question as well as the property around the tree that needs to be examined. Once you have your report you should be prepared to pay around $100 per tree for a tree removal permit from your township, although every township is different in the amount that they charge so it is best to consult with your town’s website to determine the exact cost you can expect to pay.

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How Long Does It Take To Get An Arborist Report Done?

Here at Sequoia TreeScape, our local certified arborists understand when you want a tree dealt with on your property sooner is better than later. It is important to understand that when it comes to arborist reports and tree removal permits the wait time doesn’t come from the report but from the town granting you the permit. When you contact our office to set up a consultation we can have your report ready in as little as a week. Once you have the report you should submit it to the town as soon as possible in the season because the town can quickly become backlogged with tree removal requests. Their turnaround time is about four weeks at this point although that can quickly become six-eight weeks in the summer months when many people are looking to get tree work done.

Contact Our Certified Arborists About Your Tree Removal Permit

As the area’s leading tree removal experts, we also understand that each town or city’s forestry department has its own tree conservation by-laws, and we are familiar with the permit processes that are in place. If you are in need of an arborist report or are looking to schedule tree work please give us a call at 416-770-8733 or reach out through our online contact form today. The team from Sequoia TreeScape looks forward to ensuring that your tree removal – big or small – is a success!

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See What Our Clients Have To Say About Us:

“Recently used Sequoia TreeScape for an arborist report in relation to a construction permit in Markham. Matt responded to my request very quickly and met with me at the site. He was extremely polite and professional. He explained the process and procedure to complete the report. He went through the property and discussed each tree individually. He explained the reasons behind the report and the expectation of the city. Matt took photos of each tree and completed a detailed report for the city. I would definitely use him again and I recommend him to anyone looking for services from an arborist.”

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