It is a good idea if you discuss your needs with a qualified tree surgeon before contacting the council. This will help you to identify best practice and;
- Explore whether an application is needed;
- Advise on how best to present your proposals; and
- Guide you through the application process and our tree protection policies.
Tree surgeons and consultants are also a good source of independent advice on tree-related matters and the Arboricultural Association is another valuable source of information. It is important to ensure that any tree works are carried out by a qualified and competent tree surgeon in accordance with the relevant British Standard Specification (BS 3998:1989). Before employing a tree surgeon, always ask to see his/her current certificate of insurance to ensure they are covered against third party claims and other risks.
Alternatively the council offers a pre application advice service at a cost of £100, this does not include a comprehensive health and safety inspection of the tree. Any advice given by the council does not prejudice the final decision which may be reached on a subsequent application for works.