Getting permission to work on a protected tree
- Due to Covid-19 and the effect this has had upon working procedures, the Tree Officer will be unable to carry out site visits in the majority of cases.
- For the foreseeable future, if making an application or notification for works to a protected tree please ensure that you or your agent provide clear photos of each tree, labelled T.1, T.2 and so on, in order that they can be identified according to the list of works you wish to carry out and the matching numbered plan showing the location of each tree. This will enable the Council to provide you with a timely decision in line with the standard processing times.
- 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.
You may wish to ask the Tree Surgeon you are employing, to also make the application on your behalf as they are well versed in this process and this can sometimes mean less delay in a decision being issued. This is something that the majority of tree Surgery firms provide as a free service to their customers.
Once validated, 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 dead, dying, dangerous or fallen (give us at least five days notice by email with supporting photos demonstrating the condition of the tree/s)
- In line with a demonstrable obligation under an Act of Parliament
- Where the removal of that tree has been granted via a detailed planning permission
- When pruning fruit trees in a commercial orchard