Planning authorities have a duty to consider preserving existing trees and providing for new tree planting when deciding planning applications. For information about trees and development sites please see our Planning Advice Note: Trees and Development Sites.
Planning authorities also make ‘tree protection orders’ (TPOs) which prohibit treeworks including the cutting down, topping or lopping of trees unless prior consent has been obtained. Trees within conservation areas are also protected by planning legislation. It is an offence to carry out works to a protected tree.
To find out whether a tree is protected please use our Tree Enquiry Form.
For more information about the types of tree protection and how to go about applying for consent please see our Planning Advice Note: Protected Trees and Tree Works.