City Of Greeley
 

License Requirements for Tree Contractors

Companies or individuals offering tree trimming or removals over 10' in height in Greeley MUST be licensed by the City of Greeley.

A licensed tree trimming company must pass a field examination to show basic knowledge and competence in industry skills. They must also provide proof of insurance and bond to protect the customer and themselves. 

HOW TO OBTAIN A LICENSE

SHADE TREE TRIMMING/REMOVAL LICENSE - CLIMBING/AERIAL LIFT *

AT CITY HALL - FINANCE
1. Submit a completed application
2. Pay $60 application fee
3. Provide proof of insurance as follows:
    a. $500,000 each person
    b. $1,000,000 each occurrence
4. Post $1,000 bond

AT FORESTRY OFFICE
5. Provide proof of Certified Tree Work/Climber Specialist credential through International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
6. Provide all equipment for inspection of company name and telephone number
7. Pass a practical skills test with a score of 80% or better


SHADE TREE TRIMMING/REMOVAL LICENSE - AERIAL LIFT ONLY *

AT CITY HALL - FINANCE
1. Submit a completed application
2. Pay $60 application fee
3. Provide proof of insurance as follows:
    a. $500,000 each person
    b. $1,000,000 each occurrence
4. Post $1,000 bond

AT FORESTRY OFFICE
5. Provide proof of passing the written portion of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Tree Worker exam
6. Provide all equipment for inspection of company name and telephone number
7. Pass a practical skills test with a score of 80% or better

*Proof of a license currently held in the City of Fort Collins obtained after March 2, 2010, and with the appropriate category (Climbing/Aerial Lift or Aerial Lift Only) will fulfill the Greeley requirements for those two categories (no practical skills test by Greeley required). Applicant must then pay the application fee ($60), provide proof of insurance, and post the bond.



Things to Know

  • Licensed arborist window stickers and I.D. cards are issued to those firms meeting the above requirements. A license is not active until the applicant has received wallet I.D. cards and window stickers.

  • Licensing of contractors is addressed in Section 13.41 of the Greeley Municipal Code which states that all persons engaged in the business of trimming, removing, or otherwise treating trees, shrubs, and plants must obtain the appropriate license. Anyone operating or offering services without the appropriate license will be issued a cease-and-desist order by the Forestry staff. Violation of the cease-and-desist order will result in a summons into Municipal Court.

  • A shade tree license entitles you to work on woody plants over 10' in height, depending on the specific classification you are qualified for, either "climber/aerial lift" or "aerial lift only." 

  • When you have determined which type of license(s) you require, you must furnish proof of the specified insurance, provide the specified bond, and pay the license application fee to the Finance Department (Greeley Municipal Code 13.41 and 6.04.670). You will then need to call the Forestry office and present proof of ISA testing or credentials and have equipment inspected for proper identification.

  • If the person who takes the test or holds the appropriate ISA credentials leaves the company at any point, another responsible person will be required to provide credentials or test within 30 days in order for the company to remain licensed.

  • The field test, or practical exam, is given after the applicant has provided proof of the required ISA credentials and is designed to test the practical skills of the arborist. There is a checklist for this test. The Forestry Manager generally administers the field test and has final authority on pass/fail of an applicant. The field test (practical) must be taken no longer than 30 days from the date of presentation of credentials. Contractors who provide pruning as a requirement of the field test will be compensated at the rate of no more than $350.  Practical exams are given only on Wednesdays.

  • When taking the field test, you will be asked to properly identify the genus of the tree/shrub that will be pruned. Incorrectly identifying the tree/shrub will result in failing of the test.

  • Upon satisfactory completion of the required test, the Forestry Staff will provide you with your window stickers and wallet cards. Yearly window stickers and I.D. cards will be issued each year that the license is renewed for qualified contractors. The company is not licensed until the I.D. cards and stickers have been issued.

  • Licenses are issued on a calendar-year basis and are to be renewed by January 31st. The Finance Department will assess a 5% late fee after 30 days and an additional 5% late fee after 60 days.

  • Any contractor that has received three (3) written reprimands for violations of the Arboricultural Guidelines/Standard Operating Procedures or other instructions issued by the Forestry Manager will be brought before the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board to discuss license revocation or other disciplinary action. At the discretion of the assigned Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hearing panel, disciplinary action may include but is not limited to: suspension of contractor license for a period of one week to one year, requirement of "community service" tree work at an assigned City-owned property with job value between $100 and $1,000, or other assessed penalty. Once disciplinary action has been satisfied, the contractor's previous violations are considered satisfied.

  • Tree trimmer licensees in good standing may renew their license without retesting on a yearly basis. Current proof of insurance and bond is required. Failure to renew a license in any year will require starting over in the process to obtain a new license. Licenses are not transferable.

  • The Forestry Program may require retesting when appropriate. Contractors are encouraged to stay current on tree industry techniques and standards.

  • Chemical applicator issues are referred to the State Department of Agriculture.

  • Trimming or removal of parkway (right-of-way) trees requires issuance of a permit to the licensed contractor. A trimming permit is $10.00 per tree and a removal permit is $40.00 per tree. Parkway trees to be removed must be posted with a removal notice for a minimum of seven (7) days prior to removal. Contractors will be billed periodically for permits. Failure to abide by these rules may result in a verbal or written reprimand.