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Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

Trees, Copses and Woodlands of significant public amenity value can be protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), these are served and enforced by the Council.

Which Trees are protected by TPOs?

Please Contact Us to find out if a tree has a preservation order on it.

How can someone apply to work on a tree subject to TPO?

Full details of how to get permission to work on, or fell a tree with a Tree Preservation Order are given in the Government Planning Practice Guidance website.

If you wish to make an application to work on, or fell a tree with a Preservation Order, download our TPO Application Form. You can complete the form electronically and submit it via email or you can register or log into The Planning Portal and submit a TPO application form online.

Remember, certain works to trees are "exempt" and can take place either immediately or after five days notice. Details are in the Government Planning Practice Guidance website.

Once an application has been made, the Council has eight weeks to issue a decision. It can approve or refuse your application. If refused, you have a right to appeal.

How do I get a TPO placed on a tree?

Tree Preservation Orders can only be served on trees of significant Public Amenity Value and where there is a likelihood of threat to the tree.

To assess whether a tree is worthy of a TPO, the Council uses a standard Assessment Form. If you wish to request the Council consider serving a Tree Preservation Order, please contact the Council with full details of the trees you wish to be protected so that we can fully assess their value and place a TPO if appropriate.

What can I do if I believe works are taking place without permission?

It is a criminal offence to work on a TPO tree without prior permission. The maximum penalty is a £20,000 fine. If you suspect that works are taking place without permission, please contact us by email or call us. Further details on Tree Protection and Preservation Orders can be found on the Government Planning Practice Guidance website.

How do I find a suitable tree surgeon?

The Council does not recommend individual contractors further information on approved contractors can be found on the Arboricultural Association Website.