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Some trees are protected by tree preservation orders (TPOs) or because they are in a conservation area. TPOs are made to protect trees that contribute to the amenity of the area.
You need to apply for permission before any works are carried out to a protected tree including minor pruning.
If you wish to carry out works to a tree, contact the planning department of your local district or borough council who will tell you if the tree is protected by a TPO or located in a conservation area.
If you are removing a tree, you may need to plant a replacement tree.
We advise any work to trees is done by a qualified and insured tree-work contractor. A list of approved contractors is available from the Arboricultural Association. You can also look for tree-work contractors in the Yellow Pages or local trade directories.
The Forestry Commission regulates the felling of trees in woodlands and it is an offence to fell trees without a licence if an exemption does not apply. Find out more about a Felling Licence.
You may not require permission to carry out works to a protected tree if:
the tree is dead
the tree is dangerous
works are necessary to implement an approved planning application
works are necessary to prevent or resolve a tree nuisance
works are in compliance with obligations under an Act of Parliament
It’s the responsibility of the person carrying out the works to prove that an exemption applies.
They will also need to give the Local Planning Authority notice in writing of at least 5 days before any work starts.
If you are unsure about exemptions, contact us:
Landscape Officer Leicestershire County Council Tel: 0116 305 7061
You could be liable to a fine if you
carry out work on a protected tree without permission
deliberately destroy a protected tree
damage a protected tree in a manner likely to destroy it
The Local Planning Authority is responsible for enforcing tree protection offences.