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Assessment of trees on a proposed development site-

For planning permission.


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(AIA) Impact of proposed development on trees on-site- Report for planning permission.  



Step-by-step instructions relating to tree work. Required once planning is approved.

ITM mapped CAD diagram of positions of tagged trees to be removed. 


ITM mapped CAD diagram showing  RPA's & retention categories of retained trees. 


Visual reference document for construction workers. Required once planning is approved. 


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How can we Help?

A BS5837:2012 Tree Survey, is a technical document used to assess and record all trees on a proposed development site. 

If you are planning to make changes to your property or land  which contains trees then you will need a BS5837 Tree Survey. This covers construction, demolition, design and renovation.


Heritage Tree Care Ltd. carry out reports for large development companies, architects, town-planners, residential developers and individual homeowners.


What Are Bs5837 Surveys?

The purpose of a BS5837:2012 Tree Survey is to evaluate and document all trees located within a potential development area. This survey is included in an AIA if you have reached the appropriate part of the planning permission process. 


The collected data includes details such as the tree's age, species, dimensions, structure, form, height, crown spread in four directions, condition, and any biotic or abiotic impacts present. The survey is designed to identify all trees, including groups with a stem diameter larger than 75mm.

This information is used to assign each tree a Retention Value and categorize it according to its importance, either as a singular specimen or for its role within the surrounding landscape. These retention categories are then utilized by planners to determine how the proposed development will impact the trees on the site.

All of our reports are written and reviewed by appropriately qualified arborists in accordance with BS 5837:2012 Trees in Relation to Design, Demolition and Construction- Recommendations

How much do they cost 

The cost of a tree survey is directly proportional to the amount of work required, as is the case with any service. Our tree surveys start from €150. 

The overall cost vary depending on the number and accessibility of trees that need to be surveyed.

What you need for Planning 

Has your planning department requested you to obtain a tree survey, but you are unsure about the process involved? Please allow us to guide you through the step-by-step process required by your county council.

  1. First, please contact Heritage Tree Care Ltd. to arrange a site visit.

  2. We will conduct a site-visit where we can discuss your development plans, site size, location, and the number of trees present.

  3. Once the green light has been given, we conduct a BS5837 survey, which will meticulously record all relevant data about your trees and accurately map them using geo-referencing technology.

  4. This survey's findings will be used to prepare an Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA), which is usually a requirement for planning approval. The AIA will contain comprehensive information on tree constraints and, where necessary, tree clearance plans.

Once planning approval has been granted, you will require:

  1. Arboricultural Method Statement

  2. A Tree Protection Plan.


If you are still unsure about any aspect of the process, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0832060088 to speak with one of our experienced Arboricultural Consultants today.

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