What if your plan involves protected trees?

Many trees are protected by a tree preservation order, which means that you will normally need our consent to prune or fell them.

In addition, there are controls over most trees in conservation areas. A free government leaflet Protected Trees: a guide to tree preservation procedures should assist you.

Please note that it is a criminal offence to carry out works (or to cause or permit such works) to any tree that is protected by a tree preservation order or is in a conservation area, without our prior consent.

Go to the application form for works to a tree within a conservation areaand works to a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order

Note that unlike some other types of planning permission, there is no provision for retrospective applications.

We will be able to confirm to you whether a tree is protected by an order or if it is in a conservation area, if you are not sure.

For specialist advice on trees and other nature conservation matters please contact us.  

Need help with this process?

Get advice by contacting our planners.

If you are thinking of making an application and have checked the guidance on our website, you may wish to use our pre-application advice service.