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Apply to work on a protected tree

You need to get permission from us if you wish to carry out any work on a protected tree.

If you know the tree you want to work on is protected, you can make an application for consent.

If you're unsure about the status of a tree, check before continuing with your application.

How to apply

You can make an application using the Planning Portal website. This is the quickest and easiest way to apply and means everything can be uploaded electronically.

Alternatively you can complete and return our Apply to work on a protected tree [730KB]  form.

How long does it take?

We have 8 weeks to make a decision on a TPO application. After 8 weeks, you have the right to appeal to the planning inspectorate if you haven't received a decision. You can discuss your application with the Arboricultural Officer at any time during this process.

Who can carry out the work?

Tree work is dangerous and should only be carried out by well trained arboricultural contractors. Search for approved contractors on the Arboricultural Association website.

Felling licences

If you are planning to fell more than 5 cubic metres (2-3 mature trees) you might need a felling licence from the Forestry Commission, even if council TPO's or other restrictions apply.

Contact the Forestry Commission for more information.