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, 2020 through June 30, 2021:

 Business Name Phone  Certified Arborist on staff? 
Ames Story Tree & Lawn 515-232-8153  Yes 
Arborsharp Tree Care LLC 515-867-4290  No
Arbor Way All About Trees 515-509-0809   No
Country Landscapes 1-800-794-9795  Yes 
Dan's Custom Landscapes 515-292-0923  Yes 
Emma Joes Tree Service 515-291-2164   No
Finco Tree and Wood Service 515-231-4346  Yes
Fryes Tree Service 515-832-3773  No
Kinnucan Company 847-234-5327  Yes
Pitts Lawn and Tree Services 515-661-0753  No 
Treehugger, LLC 515-203-6370  No
Weiss Tree Service, Inc. 515-441-2988  Yes 
Wright Tree Service, Inc 515-277-6291  Yes