To carry out works to a TPO protected tree without obtaining
the consent of the Council or giving the necessary 6 weeks notice
for works to a tree in a conservation area, is a criminal offence.
It is also an offence to cause or permit another person to carry
out unauthorised works (e.g. the householder commits the same
offence if they employ or ask another person to undertake the
It is a normal course of action for the Council, in dealing
with these cases to pursue a prosecution through the local
Magistrates Court. If found guilty in a Magistrates Court, a fine
could be up to £20,000 or if the case is considered more serious,
it could be sent for hearing in a Crown Court where there are
powers to impose an unlimited fine.
In addition to the above actions, where a tree has been felled
without the Council's sanction, there is a legal requirement to
plant a replacement.
Please contact the Planning Enforcement Team on 01902 696662
to report any works to protected trees, which you think are not
Telephone: (01902) 696000
Fax: (01902) 696403