Tree preservation orders

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are used to protect selected trees. TPOs are usually made if the removal of a tree or group of trees would have a significant impact on the environment or public enjoyment.

If you wish to carry out any works to a protected tree you need to apply to us for permission. This includes:

  • Pruning
  • Lopping
  • Felling
  • Cutting of roots
Apply for permission to work on a protected tree

Alternatively, download the application form below. Please read the validation notes to ensure you provide all the required information.

Any applications to carry out work to protected trees which are alleged to be involved in damage to buildings and/or other structures (such as drains, paths or walls) must be supported by technical evidence.
The maximum penalty for carrying out unauthorised works to trees with a TPO is £20,000. In serious cases, a person may be tried at the Crown Court and, if convicted, is liable to an unlimited fine.

For general enquiries about trees or trees on Council property please contact Tree Services (arboricultural services).

If you would like the Council to consider placing a tree preservation order (TPO) on a tree or trees, please contact us with:

  • Details of the tree(s)
  • The location
  • Why you consider a TPO is needed
  • Your contact details
Planning Policy