Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are made by local authorities and make it an offence to cut down, prune or otherwise damage a tree. A TPO can include any size, age, number or species of trees.
How can I find out if there’s a TPO on a tree?
View the TPO map
If you are planning to carry out any work to trees on your property and you are not sure if there is a TPO then you should contact us.
In some cases, we may put a six month provisional TPO in place to protect a tree from immediate threat. When this happens, we would inform neighbours and interested parties, who then have at least 28 days to object.
The provisional TPO can be made permanent or removed during the six months.
Current provisional TPOs
What if there is an order on a tree?
If there is a TPO in place then you will need to obtain consent from us to carry out the works. You can do this by submitting an application form. There are guidance notes available to help you with this form.
When are TPOs applied?
We can make new TPOs if a tree is under some sort of threat and that they contribute significantly to the amenity of a local area. The trees must also be assessed to be in a good and healthy condition.
Applying a TPO does not mean that we own or are in any way responsible for the cost of maintenance, this remains solely with the owner.
If you plan on carrying out works to trees in conservation areas, then you would have to provide at least six weeks written notice to our planning department to do so.
Prosecution and fines
If you fail to comply with the requirements of both TPO and Conservation Area legislation, you can be prosecuted and fined up to £20,000 per tree.
High hedges are not protected by TROs, please read our guide to dealing with high hedges for more information.
Guide to dealing with high hedges (PDF, 49KB)
Dealing with trees - A guide for the public (PDF, 501KB)