Tree Preservation Orders



Section 198 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 gives us powers to make a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) to protect trees and woodlands, when it is expedient in the interests of amenity.

A tree preservation order (TPO) bans the cutting down, lopping, topping, uprooting, wilful damage or destruction of tree(s) without the consent of the council.

If you’re not sure whether a tree on your property is covered by a TPO, or if you live in a conservation area, please submit your enquiry to for the attention of the tree preservation officer. Alternatively, contact us and ask for the duty planning officer.

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You can apply for works to protected trees on the Planning Portal. 

There, you can also find full details of how to apply, and read Government guidance on Tree Protection Orders.

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In an emergency, give the council at least five days’ notice before carrying out any works necessary to abate a danger where a protected tree is considered to be dead or dangerous. Send the five day notice with photographic evidence to

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report.  Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​

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Tree Preservation

Mike Punchard (tree preservation officer)
Design and conservation
The Magistrates
Town Hall Complex
Forest Road
London  E17 4JF
Telephone: 020 8496 3000