Getting permission to work on a protected tree
In the majority of cases you need written permission from us before undertaking any works to protected trees.
Using a reputable tree surgeon
You may find it helpful to consult a suitably qualified tree surgeon to clarify what works are required and whether permission is needed.
It is important that you only use a reputable tree surgeon to do works on your private trees. The Arboricultural Association provides a list of tree surgeons that work in the area.
Applying for permission to work on a protected tree
You can apply for permission to work on a protected tree online via the Planning Portal website.
We aim to assess your application and issue a decision notice within a specific period of time;
- If you have applied for works to a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) - 8 weeks.
- If you have submitted a notification of works to a tree protected by a Conservation Area (TCA) - 6 weeks.
You do not need permission from us if you are cutting down or cutting back a tree:
- which is dying, dead, dangerous (give us at least five days notice)
- in line with an obligation under an Act of Parliament
- at the request of certain organisations specified in the TPO
- which is directly in the way of development that is about to start for which detailed planning permission has been granted
- when pruning fruit trees in a commercial orchard.
- to prevent or control a legal nuisance (you may find it helpful to check with a solicitor).