Your Guide to Getting a Tree Inspection Report

A tree inspection report offers important information about specimen condition and may be provided for single specimen, multiple specimen or entire populations. The data given in such a review can later be used in risk assessments, valuation and pruning or removal records.


When is a tree inspection report necessary?


Tall shrubs add value and charm to properties and can improve health and well-being. However, specimen at risk of breaking or falling may pose a threat to safety. If you have noticed that a specimen on your land is decaying, leaning over dangerously or is frequently dropping branches, you may require a tree inspection report.

This is a review carried out by a professional arborist who can assess the state of the specimen. They may perform a visual assessment, an aerial (climbing) assessment or a mix of both. This ensures that you can relax knowing that your specimen is safe – or if it’s not, get it removed safely by a removal service.

You may also require a tree inspection report if you want to complete a preservation order application with your local council.


What data does it collect?

A tree inspection report assesses the structure, health and condition of the specimen. This includes collecting data such as:

  • Common name, species and genus
  • Width and height
  • Diameter
  • Age, vigour and health
  • Environmental, heritage, cultural and amenity value
  • Crown condition and form
  • Evident defects or wounds
  • Evidence of disease
  • Retention value
  • Presence (or lack thereof) of other plants nearby
  • Whether the specimen is the cause of structural damage
  • Location to residence, building or significant structure
  • Effect of pruning on health


How much does it cost?

The price of a tree inspection report varies depending on the business you’ve chosen. Typically, it will cost around $30 to $150 for one or several specimen. Some businesses will charge based on the hour.


Do you have to be present at the property during the assessment?

No, you do not have to be present at the time of assessment. You will, however, be contacted in order to determine a suitable time and method of access for the officer to carry out the assessment. You can let your provider know whether you will be present or not on your application.


What happens afterwards?

Once you have received the review, council may require you to provide additional evidence from a plumber or structural engineer if they suspect buildings or under-earth services to be affected.

If there are fungal or pest issues that need to be treated, an arborist will be able to carry this out for you. If you have received approval to remove a specimen, the arborist will do so safely. They will usually replace the specimen with an approved native species in order to maintain ecological health. The new specimen should be taken care of until it is mature.


How do you find a good provider?

You can use online reviews or word-of-mouth recommendations to find a trustworthy, reliable business. Companies that charge fixed fees are ideal; avoid businesses that don’t specify a cost as they may charge high rates or have hidden fees. Contact the business and have a chat to get a quote and determine the quality of their customer service. Be sure to leave the company a review online after using their service to let other people know how good (or bad!) your experience was.



A tree inspection report is at times a necessary document to provide to councils. It can also be used for a range of other assessments. Contact your local arborist for a consultation.