Applying to carry out work to a protected tree

If you wish to carry out work to a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order or a tree in a conservation area you must apply for permission.

There are certain limited exceptions to this, for example, where you need to make a tree or part of a tree safe in an emergency.

Your application for any works to a preserved tree must be submitted on the correct form. You will also need to send us some other information:

  • A plan which identifies the tree or trees to which the application relates
  • What you want to do
  • Why you want to do the work
  • Any appropriate evidence describing any structural damage to property or in relation to tree health or safety

You can either apply for works via the planning Portal or by using our pdf forms.

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Permission for works to a protected tree

If we give you permission to carry out works to a protected tree it will often be subject to certain conditions. This will usually set a time limit of two years during which time you must complete the works. It will also require you to ensure that the work must conform to the relevant British Standard (BS:3998, 1989 Recommendations for Tree Works). More information about British Standards can be found on the British Standards website.

For a list of approved contractors please contact the Arboricultural Association by telephoning 01242 522152 or by email at admin@trees.org.uk

More information and the Good Practice Guide is available from the GOV.UK site.

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