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Tree Surgeon Licenses

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Regulations regarding the planting, removal, or trimming of trees and shrubs can be found in Chapter 27 of the Municipal Code. A tree surgeon's license is required by any person who solicits or engages in the work of felling trees where there is a risk of limbs, branches or any other portion of the tree falling onto the public right of way.

A property owner may trim or fell trees on his or her own property without a license except where there is a risk of limbs, branches or any other portion of the tree falling or coming into contact with electric utility lines.

Applicants for licenses must furnish the City of Ames with certificates of insurance evidencing the following coverage's for the entire license period:

  • Comprehensive General Liability with limits of no less than $500,000 combined single limits per occurrence for bodily injury, personal injury and property damage. The City of Ames must be named as an additional insured and a copy of the current insurance certificate shall be maintained on file with the City Clerk.
  • Automobile Liability with limits of no less than $500,000 combined single limits per occurrence for bodily injury, personal injury and property damage.

The current license period is July 1 through June 30 of each year. The application fee is $35.

Application for Tree Surgeon's License

Tree Surgeons licensed for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:

 Business Name Phone  Certified Arborist on staff? 
Ames Story Tree & Lawn 515-232-8153  Yes 
ArborEdge, LLC 515-209-9389  Yes
Arborsharp Tree Care LLC 515-867-4290  
Arbor Way All About Trees 515-509-0809   
Central Trade Company LLC 612-715-1097   
Country Landscapes 1-800-794-9795  Yes 
Dan's Custom Landscapes 515-292-0923  Yes 
Emma Joes Tree Service 515-291-2164   
Finco Tree and Wood Service 515-769-2336  
Flying Squirrel Tree Service 515-451-1068  
Fryes Tree Service 515-832-3773 
Kinnucan Company 847-234-5327  Yes
Robb's Tree & Stump Service 515-520-7175   
Top Notch Tree Care 515-205-1474   
Treehugger, LLC 515-203-6370  
Weiss Tree Service, Inc 515-441-2988  Yes 
Wright Tree Service, Inc 515-277-6291  Yes