Tree Preservation Orders

Find out what you need to know before doing any work on a tree.

Before carrying out work, check with your district or borough council's planning department or tree officer to find out whether the tree is:

  • subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)
  • in a conservation area.

If a tree is not subject to a TPO you may still need a felling licence from the Forestry Commission. It is an offence to not get a licence if one is necessary and a penalty may apply.

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Last updated:
14 October 2022
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