Protected trees

Some trees are protected if removing or altering them would have a significant negative impact on an area.

You could face a fine of up to £20,000 for carrying out work to protected trees without permission.

You will need permission from us to work on trees if they are:

  • covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)
  • located in a Conservation Area
  • protected as a condition of a planning permission

Check our TPO register below (please note that this is a working document)

or Email to find out if a tree is protected.  

Due to the current level of planning applications and planning enquiries being received by the service, prioritisation is being given to the statutory duties of the planning authority. In light of this, the non-statutory service of requesting Tree Preservation Orders to be placed on trees has been temporarily suspended. The website will be updated when this service is resumed.

Apply for permission  

Apply online for permission

You can also download a paper copy form and guidance from the online portal

Unprotected trees

You don't need permission to carry out work on trees that aren't protected but you'll need a felling licence from the Forestry Commission if you're felling more than 5 cubic metres.

Page last updated: 15/08/2023
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