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Why Do You Need a Tree Survey?

Many local county laws now require tree surveys when developing commercial and residential property. For example, The City of Houston Tree and Shrub Ordinance has standards in place for tree & shrub planting and removal. Our surveys provide developers with qualified information to make educated decisions.

Being informed of where trees are located and what species they are is important, it will help to incorporate them to the overall development plan.



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What Does A Tree Survey Include?

Depending on your location, ordinances have protections in place for specific species, height, and CRZ.
Our tree survey encompasses all the following:

  • Species of tree
  • Physical measurements
  • Age class
  • Condition
  • Dimensions
  • Root Protection Area (RPA)
  • Critical Root Zone (CRZ)
  • Location
  • Preservation Recommendations

Why is a Tree Survey Important?

While tree preservation is important, it must be noted that surveys aren't just about saving the trees. Maintaining the proper greenery can also increase the overall value of your property. However, not abiding by your local ordinance can be financially taxing to your property. There are financial penalties for unauthorized tree damage and removal.

For more information on The City of Houston Tree and Shrub Ordinance visit:

For other county ordinance information, visit your local .gov.

What is a tree survey and why do I need one? -

A tree survey is a detailed examination and assessment of the trees on a property, typically carried out by a professional arborist or land surveyor. It provides essential information about the health, species, age, location, and size of each tree. Tree surveys are often required for planning and development projects, risk management, preservation of trees during construction, and compliance with local regulations.

When should I consider getting a tree survey done? +

You should consider getting a tree survey done when you are planning any construction or development project on your property that may impact the trees, or when local regulations require it for obtaining permits. Additionally, if you have concerns about the health or safety of trees on your property, a tree survey can help identify potential hazards and recommend appropriate management strategies.

How is a tree survey conducted? +

A tree survey is conducted by a professional arborist or land surveyor who will visit the site and examine each tree. They will gather information such as species, age, size (height and trunk diameter), health, and location. The surveyor may also assess the tree's structural integrity, potential risks, and any signs of disease or pest infestations. The collected data is then compiled into a comprehensive report, including a tree inventory and a site map.

How much does a tree survey cost, and how long does it take? +

The cost of a tree survey depends on several factors, such as the size of the property, the number of trees, and the complexity of the survey. It's best to request a quote from a professional arborist or land surveyor based on your specific needs. The duration of a tree survey also varies depending on these factors, but a typical survey may take anywhere from a few hours to several days.

Need to Hire a Surveyor?

Call one of our experienced surveyors or contact us online to discuss your needs and receive a custom quote.