Tree preservation orders

Advice Service

The Planning Service offers an advice service in relation to works on protected trees (those that are protected by reason of Tree Preservation Orders or by their siting within a conservation area). Contact the Planning Service on 0161 912 3149 or send an email to for more information.

Works to Protected Trees
Level of advice provided Fee*

Site visit and brief written advice note.

 £120 (inc VAT)

*Advice in relation to sites containing five or more trees will attract a higher fee, details of which are available upon request from the Council.

Protected trees

Tree Preservation orders or TPOs were introduced to enable Local Planning authorities to protect important trees.

TPOs can be placed on any tree that has amenity value. Trees that are exempt from TPOs are those that are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous and fruit trees grown for the commercial production of fruit.

TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without our consent.

The maximum penalty for carrying out works to TPO trees without consent is £20,000.

For a guide to the law and best practice on Tree Preservation Orders please see Tree Preservation Orders: a guide to the law and good practice.

Finding out if your tree is protected

To find out if the trees at a property are protected call us on 0161 912 3149 or send an email to

How to protect a tree

We will only apply a Tree Preservation Order if it can be demonstrated that the tree is under threat. If this is the case and the tree looks healthy and stable, is visible from a public place and its removal would significantly harm the appearance of the area. To make an enquiry about protecting a trees(s), please contact us at

We will then look at the tree to see if it qualifies for protection and advise you accordingly.

Getting consent to carry out work on a protected tree

If you would like to apply to carry out works to trees covered by a Tree Preservation Orders, or give notice of an intention to carry out works to a tree in a Conservation Area then please complete a Tree Application Form.

Is there a charge for making an application?

There is no charge for making a Tree Preservation Order or Conservation Area Application. Appeals against decisions made are also free of charge.

Applications can be made online via the Planning Portal or by downloading the application forms and posting to the Planning service.

Conservation Areas

A Conservation Area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve. Trees often make an important contribution to the appearance of Conservation Areas, and so are given special protection. Permission is required for the pruning or felling of any tree within a Conservation Area greater than 7.5cm in diameter (as measured at 1.5m above ground level).

The penalties for unauthorised felling or lopping of trees in Conservation Areas are the same as for trees protected by TPO.