BS5837 Survey: Why Is It Needed?

BS5837 survey is something that a local planning authority has come to expect as part of any planning proposal. But what exactly is it? And why is it needed by such an authority? Not to worry, we're here to answer these questions in a short, easy-to-follow guide.

Due to standards set out in the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act, local planning authorities (also known as LPAs) need to ensure that any applicant has made provisions for the protection of trees. They can do this by either choosing to accept or reject an applicant's proposals regarding management of both old and new trees, or by placing a Tree Protection Order (TPO) on certain trees. For this reason, a British standard was created to help such applicants ensure that their application met these requirements – the BS5837 tree survey. This type of tree survey provides the guidelines for assessing the impact on trees within a development site, and focuses on safeguarding these trees during and after construction work. Such a survey usually consists of a visual assessment of the trees in question. This can be either done from the ground or via climbing a tree to gather data. This survey and such assessments would be done by a consultant such as an arborist. Using this data, the arborist can produce a method statement to explain how exactly the development site and the trees will integrate within the one environment, as well as outline the procedures required for such an integration.

So, a BS5837 tree survey is an integral part of any successful planning application and the continued success of any construction site or property development that features trees on-site. Braemar Arboriculture Limited's team is here to support your planning and development visions with our services tailored to meet BS5837 guidelines. To find out more, email or visit