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Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)

What is a Tree Preservation Order?

As the Local Planning Authority we have powers to protect trees by making a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). This makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree protected by an order without our permission. If you carry out work to a protected tree without permission you could be subject to a heavy fine.

For further information please read the ‘ Protected trees: A guide to tree preservation procedures’ leaflet .

A TPO does not mean that we own the tree or are responsible for the cost of its maintenance. This remains the responsibility of the land owner.

What about Trees in Conservation Areas?

Trees in Conservation Areas are also protected and in these cases, no works can be carried out to a tree which is over 7.5cm (3in) in diameter measured at 1.5m above ground level without notifying us. We will then have six weeks to decide whether to allow the work or make a TPO. For further information please refer to the leaflet above.

How do I find out if a tree is protected?

To find out if a tree(s) is protected by a TPO or in a Conservation Area please complete the enquiry form below. A sketch plan showing the location of the tree and photos are required to accurately identify the relevant tree(s) see example below. Please have this prepared prior to completing the form.

Tree Preservation Order Enquiry Form

Example Sketch Plan

How do I apply for works to protected tree(s)?

The best way to apply for works to a protected tree is online through the planning portal where you can complete the relevant form and submit the required information. Alternatively you can download and print a PDF paper form (below) and submit it by post.

As part of the application you must provide a sketch plan (see example above) showing the location of the tree, along with any other necessary information detailed in the relevant checklist (above). There is no fee for making this application.

What if I have a different enquiry?

Request a copy of a TPO

If you require a copy of a tree preservation order please email Protected Trees with the tree location (address) and/or the TPO name and reference. A copy of the order will be emailed to you free of charge.

Dead, Dying and Dangerous Trees

Before cutting down or carrying out other work on a dead tree where there is no immediate risk, you must give us five working days prior written notice. Please email Protected Trees with the tree location (address), a sketch plan showing the location of the tree and a photograph of the tree. Where a tree is dangerous and would cause an immediate risk of serious harm and work is urgently required to remove that risk please call 01293 438512. To prune or remove a dying tree you must now submit an application for consent to the Council. Please use the standard application form above..

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West Sussex, RH10 1UZ

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