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4. Applying for permission to do works to a protected tree

If your tree is protected, either by a tree protection order or because it is in a conservation area then you need to apply for permission before doing any works to the tree.

By clicking the 'Start' button below you will be taken to the government's planning portal where you can apply online. You will need to register.

You must submit the application and a clear site plan together with a block plan showing the location of the trees. Photographs indicating the work to be done can also be very helpful. There is no fee for these applications. 

If your tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order you will receive a decision either granting or refusing permission for the works within 8 weeks.

If your tree is in a conservation area you will receive a decision within 6 weeks, either advising that we have no objection or advising you that a Tree Preservation Order is being made to protect the tree.

All documents will go on the website for public viewing. Private telephone numbers, private email addresses and signatures will be removed.

You can check the progress of your application by viewing planning applications online. If you have appointed an agent then all correspondence and negotiation will be with your agent and it is their responsibility to keep you informed of any issues raised by us during the application.

For woodland work you may need to get a Felling Licence from the Forestry Commission.

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You will need plans showing the location of the site and the tree.

You may need a report on the condition of the tree from a tree specialist.

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected by adhering to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Any personal information provided will be used by us solely for the purpose of determining the application and contacting you regarding this.

Your name and address and comments will be available to the general public via the website. Any signatures, personal email addresses and personal contact numbers will not be viewable online but will be recorded on our planning database and will be available to all planning staff.

The data will be stored and retained in accordance with our full privacy policy.

You will receive an acknowledgement from us setting out timescales for decisions.


You may chose to submit paper application forms instead.