You must get consent before any work is carried out on protected trees, except in cases where the tree is dead or dangerous. When permission is granted for the felling of a tree, a replanting condition may be attached to make sure the tree is replaced with the same or a similar species. The tree preservation order (TPO) then automatically applies to the new tree.
Anyone wishing to carry out work on trees over 75mm in diameter within a conservation area has to give us six weeks' notice of their intention. This gives us a chance to make a TPO where necessary. Download planning application forms and guidance.
You can use our online mapping system to check if the tree is within the conservation area or covered by a Tree Preservation Order.
Prosecution for unauthorised works to trees can lead to a maximum fine of £20,000 or twice the value of the tree. This applies to a contravention of a TPO or works to a tree in a conservation area where proper notice has not been given to us.
Many planning permissions have landscaping conditions attached to them to make sure that new development blends in with the surroundings. Considerable help and advice is given to applicants to make sure that a high standard is achieved.
We are consulted on applications for felling licences administered and determined by the Forestry Commission. Further information can be obtained via the Forestry Commission website. Certain trees are exempt from felling licensing such as garden or fruit trees, all trees under eight centimetres in diameter, trees that are either dead or dangerous and if the felling is in accordance with an approved plan under the Dedication or Forestry Grant schemes.
Last updated: 8 December 2015