Works to trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or notification of proposed works to tree in conservation areas

Important notes

Find out more about applying for tree works.

The following lists show the requirements for submitting an application/notification for tree works. If the necessary information is not provided, the application may be declared invalid and not determined, or processing may be delayed.

If the application is submitted electronically one copy of the form and each of the drawings, plans and documentation will be required but 2 copies (1 original and 1 copy) will be required if the application is submitted in paper form.

No fee is required for either an application for consent for trees subject to a TPO, or for a notification of intent to carry out works in a conservation area.

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National requirements

  • Completed and dated application form with all mandatory questions answered.

  • Sketch plan showing the location of tree(s). Your sketch plan should be clear and simple, showing the tree positions and number and/or name, in relation to buildings, roads and site boundaries.

  • A full and clear specification of the works to be carried out. You should identify each tree species and provide a full and clear specification of the work you want to carry out. A proposal simply to `cut back' or `lop' a tree is too vague, because it fails to identify the extent of the works. Instead, try to use descriptions such as crown thinning, crown reduction or crown lifting, and specify how much pruning you have in mind, e.g. crown thinning by 15%.

  • A statement of reasons for the proposed work. You must provide a clear statement of reasons for the proposed work to each of the trees in your application. Statements such as 'good arboricultural practice' or 'maintenance' are too vague. Instead try to address the specific issues with each tree.

  • Evidence in support of statement of reasons, where required by the standard application form. You must provide additional evidence from an arboriculturist and/or other appropriate expert to support your proposals if your reasons for carrying out tree works are because of the condition of the tree or alleged damage to property.

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Notification of proposed works to trees in conservation areas

National requirements

  • Completed and dated application form with all questions answered.

  • Sketch plan showing the precise location of all trees.

  • A full and clear specification of the works to be carried out.

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Additional information (TPO applications and conservation area notifications)

  • Photographs.

  • Report by a tree professional (arboriculturist) or other appropriate expert.

  • Details of any assistance or advice sought from a Local Planning Authority office prior to submitting this form.

  • Details of replacement trees. If you are felling a tree, details of replacements should be provided.

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Apply online

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Printable application form

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Guidance on completing application form