Tree Removal

Tree removal should be executed by an experience arborist. Brisbane Tree Removals only employs professional qualified arborists for tree removal who can work at height, in confined spaces, near power line, over houses, and near roads. Brisbane Tree Removals will accomplish tree removal in a safe and skilled manner as not to damage surrounding property.

When an assessment is made for tree removal over a house or electrical wires, Brisbane Tree Removals has advanced tree removal techniques to first prioritise safety for the arborist as well as ensuring tree removal is safe without damage to surrounding property or electrical wires

The Arbor Process

There are 3 main steps to every successful arbor job.

1. Identify any trees, palms, branches, stumps that require removal and/or pruning and record their details. Information like species, whether it is dead or alive, and the height, will be required in any applications required by your local council. Some trees can be removed without application. You should refer to your local council’s tree perseveration order to see which species are exempt. Dead trees or trees that are posing an immediate hazard are common to be exempt from requiring a permit. You can under many council Tree Preservation orders remove up to 10% of foliage per growing season without permit. There are hefty fines imposed for the illegal removal or pruning of tree’s under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

2. Contact a professional and experienced arborist tree service. You should perform some due diligence on the company before you use them. Check that they have Arboriculture certificates and are adequately trained. Check they have (and use) Hazard Assessments and Safe Work Methods Statements (SWMS). Reading reviews on Google and the internet are often a good way to gauge customer satisfaction.

When you contact an arborist they should want to know the species, if it is alive or dead, your location and contact details, the tree’s height, if you have council approval, and any issues that might make the job more difficult (e.g. working in confined spaces, near power lines, etc). Photographs are very useful attachments with email requests.

3. Once qualified arborist has come, assessed the working conditions, prepared a quote, and you have now accepted it, the next step is for the arborist to remove the tree. The arborist should now come at an agreed scheduled time, perform a hazard assessment and implement the removal strategy that was developed at the time of quotation. This could be removing the tree piece by piece, or felling the whole tree in one turn. A climber or cherry picker might be used. A professional should have a range of options suitable for any situation.

Things you should have worked out with the arborist before the job has started (at quotation) include;

• Whether the tree is being removed to ground level, or if a stump removal (stump grinding) service is required. Generally arborist quotes default to a ground level service.
• Is the timber going to be left behind as fire wood? Or disposed of?
• Are branches going to be left behind as mulch and woodchip? or disposed of?
• Do you as the customer have any special requirements or expectations?

At the completion of every job the arborist should clean up after themselves. They will normally require immediate payment at the completion of the job.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do all trees require a permit to remove?
Yes. Unless they appear on your council’s preservation order exemption list, are dead, or an immediate safety hazard.

What classifies as an immediate safety hazard?
An arborist can assess a tree and determine if it is an immediate danger. Trees damaged in a storm are often pruned or removed under this section of the local council Tree Preservation Order. If possible you still need to contact your local council prior to removal. You should always take a photo of the tree illustrating the imminent danger. The council can then be contacted in writing after the event.

What are reasons councils normally reject applications to remove trees?
Councils are displeased with the following arguments
• The tree is shedding leaves, fruit, bark, cones, or twigs.
• To improve the applicants views.
• There a fears about healthy trees falling.
• A tree is causing overshadowing.
• Minor lifting of driveways and paths by tree roots.

Can I prune a tree without obtaining a permit?
Dead branches can often be removed without approval as well as powerline clearance, you should always check your local tree preservation order to avoid any hefty fines.

Can you help us with our council application?
Yes. We can help you identify species, find and interpret your council’s preservation order.

How much will tree service cost?
It really depends on the type and size of tree, the service, and any special working conditions. If special machinery such as cherry pickers are required you can expect it to cost more.
• Tree pruning, removal, maintenance – quotes start from $250
• Stump removal – quotes start from $100
• Power line clearance, hazard reduction – quotes start from $250

Can I prune my neighbour’s tree?
You should check your local tree preservation order for guidelines on pruning neighbouring trees. Often you will require the neighbour’s signature on the tree pruning or removal application.

Tree Preservation Orders

The following tree preservation orders, exceptions, and local laws downloaded and stored locally in March 2017. Please refer to the council’s website for to ensure you have the latest and most accurate information.