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Tree Preservation Orders

Tree Preservation Orders

A Tree Preservation Order makes it a criminal offence to cut down, uproot, prune, damage or destroy the tree or trees without the appropriate permissions. It protects certain trees in the interest of public amenity.

A Tree Preservation Order can apply to:

  • a single tree
  • a group of trees
  • a woodland or an area of trees.

The trees can be of any size, species or age.

Locate trees with a Tree Preservation Order

To find out whether a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order, you can use our map or the form below.

If your search reveals that a tree is protected you can view the tree preservation order itself on our website.

  • If you have found the TPO via a map search, click 'show more' on the area highlighting the area of the TPO on the map, then in the more info box to the left select 'show me'.  The TPO can then be found by selecting the documents tab. 
  • If you have found the TPO via our online form, select the relevant TPO by clicking on the TPO number in the table and then navigating to the documents tab.

If you think a tree should be protected by a new Tree Preservation Order, let us know by email:

Works to a tree with a Tree Preservation Order

If you wish to carry out works to any tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order, you must submit a planning application.

Alternatively, you can submit an application for tree works using the form below.

Tree Works Application Form (PDF) [729KB] (opens new window)

For guidance on submitting your tree works application, download the document below.

Tree Works Application Guidance (PDF) [183KB] (opens new window)

There are no fees for Tree Preservation Order applications or notifications to carry out works to protected trees.

You can view the list of current tree work applications using the link below.

Tree protection and development guidance

Find out about the standards that we expect for new development proposals and works to protected trees.

Tree Protection and Development Guidance (PDF) [2MB]

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