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A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is an order that is given to protect:
You must get consent from us before you carry out any work to a tree that is covered by a TPO.
Failure to so could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000. You will also normally have to plant a replacement tree if the tree was cut down or destroyed.
Tree works can include (but are not limited to):
TPOs are placed on trees which make a significant impact on the amenity of the local environment and their loss would be detrimental to the character of the area.
To find out whether or not a tree is protected by a TPO or located in a conservation area see the map at the bottom of the page.
Please note: if a tree does not have a TPO It may still be protected if it is a tree in a conservation area.
To view related documents attached to a TPO for a particular tree(s):
Find the tree on the map at the bottom of the page and follow the link attached.
See our tree preservation order search.
Consent is not needed to remove a tree that is:
However, you must notify us at least five working days before the works starts. If works are urgent to remove the risk of serious harm, then notification must be given as soon as possible after the works becomes necessary.
Notifications of dead/dangerous trees should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: you must include photographic evidence of the dead/dangerous tree(s).
To apply for consent to carry out work on a tree with a TPO see Planning Portal – apply to work on a tree with a TPO.
Please note: once you have added your name and address select ‘tree works: trees in conservation areas/subject to TPOs’ to start your application.
We strongly recommend that you get advice from a tree surgeon who can provide you with a professional specification of the works needed. The Arboricultural Association has a list of approved contractors for tree works.
There are no fees for consent to carry out work on a tree with a TPO.
You will need to include the following:
Once you have submitted your application a decision will usually be made within eight weeks.
You will be informed whether your application has been approved with conditions or refused via email.
The decision will also be available online, which you can view by entering the application reference number in the planning portal search.
If your application is refused, or you object to the conditions of the consent, you can make an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in writing within 28 days of receiving the decision.
Appeals are normally decided on the basis of written statement followed by a site visit. The Planning Inspectorate may allow or dismiss the appeal, or vary the original decision.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.