About tree preservation orders (TPO)

Delay in processing tree work applications

There is a delay in processing tree work applications due to an increase in the number received over the last 2 years.

Since January 2022, the planning service has been able to get additional resources to help with the backlog. Thank you for your patience.

There are standards and regulations that need to be followed when planning work to or near trees. There are additional conditions attached to trees that are protected under TPOs.


  • makes it a criminal offence to cut down, uproot, damage or destroy a protected tree
  • requires you to complete and return an application to us for tree works.

If you complete works to a tree with a TPO without getting the consent needed you could face conviction or a fine of up to £20,000.

To complete works to trees you will need to: