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Offences

 
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 works).
 
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 authorised.
 

Contact

 
Steve Dores
Arboricultural Officer
Telephone: (01902) 696000
Fax: (01902) 696403
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