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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.   We have also produced a guidance note for requesting a Tree Preservation Order.

A duty officer is also available Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 1pm to provide general advice on the planning system and processes.

  • Call 01387 260199
  • Visit Ashwood House in Stranraer (every second Thursday)
  • Visit Kirkbank House in Dumfries (Tuesday, Wednesday and every second Thursday)

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: 03/01/2020
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