Last updated:
26 September 2017

Planting licence

Apply for a free licence to plant trees, shrubs or flowers on highway land.

You may apply for a licence to plant and maintain trees, shrubs or flowerbeds on highway land if it is adjacent to your property. There is no charge for this licence.

The verge is part of the highway and care must be taken that any tree planting does not affect other uses of the verge.

How to apply

Please complete the application form after you have read the guidance notes below.

Application form to apply for a planting licence

What next?

It may take 6-8 weeks for your application to be assessed and completed.

A highways officer will:

  • review your application
  • inspect and assess the site
  • consult the parish council to resolve any objections.

If your application is approved, we will issue a licence.

Donate a Tree Scheme

You can also contribute to our tree planting programme by taking part in our Donate a Tree Scheme. For a contribution, we will plant a tree outside your property subject to a site assessment, or on highway-maintained land if the correct permissions are granted.


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