Trees and Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

Apply for consent for tree works

Before undertaking any works on a tree with a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or within a conservation area you must apply for permission. This can be done through the Planning Portal by entering your details and selecting ‘tree works’ at Step 2: Application Type.

Alternatively, you can download and send an application form (PDF) to the Council.

You can use the interactive map to see if the area or property is covered by a TPO or is within a conservation area. The Council's Tree Officer will assess the application and a decision notice will be issued within:

  • six weeks of submission of the application for trees within conservation areas
  • eight weeks of submission for TPO applications

Planting of suitable replacement specimens will normally be required when consent is given to remove protected trees.

All tree works applications can be viewed on the Council website. Copies of Tree Preservation Orders can be purchased from the Council by calling 01992 785555 and asking for the Development Management Administration section.

If the Council refuses permission to carry out works then an appeal can be made to the Secretary of State within 28 days of the receipt of the Council’s notice. Application forms can be found on the Planning Inspectorate's website.