Trees in conservation areas
Trees in conservation areas are protected. This means you must get consent from us before you can carry out any work to a tree in these areas.
Failure to so could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000. You will also normally have to plant a replacement tree if the tree was cut down or destroyed.
Please note: if a tree is not in a conservation area, it may still be protected by a Tree preservation orders (TPOs)
Type of tree works
Tree works include:
- Crown raising
Find out if a tree is in a conservation area
To find out whether or not a tree is located in a conservation area or protected by a TPO see the map at the bottom of the page.
When you don't need consent
You do not need consent to carry out work on a tree when the following applies:
You do not need permission if you want to cut down trees less than 7.5 cm in diameter (measured 1.5 metres above the ground) or 10 cm if thinning to help the growth of other trees.
Dead or dangerous
Consent is not needed to remove a tree that is:
However, you must notify us at least five working days before the works starts. If works are urgent to remove the risk of serious harm, then notification must be given as soon as possible after the works becomes necessary.
Notifications of dead/dangerous trees should be sent to email@example.com.
Please note: you must include photographic evidence of the dead/dangerous tree(s).
How to apply for consent
You can apply for consent to carry out work on a protected tree through the following ways:
1. Trees in conservation areas
To apply to work on a tree in conservation area complete the following online form:
Please note: once you have added your name and address select 'tree works: trees in conservation areas/subject to TPOs' to start your application.
2. Trees in conservation areas with a TPO
For full details and how to apply please visit the Tree preservation orders (TPOs)
What happens next?
Once you have submitted your form, we have a six week period to make a decision.
During this time, we will assess your application and contact you to say whether consent have been granted or whether the tree should be given a TPO.
If you do not receive a decision within 6 weeks then you can assume consent is granted.
What if the tree is given a TPO?
If the tree is given a TPO, you will need to apply for consent to carry out work on a tree with a TPO.
For more details see Tree preservation orders (TPOs)