Tree Preservation Order Administration
The Council protects trees within the district by the use
of and administration of Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). Trees can
also be protected if they are within a conservation area.
TPOs are used to
protect trees (including areas of woodland) where their removal
would have a significant impact on the local environment and it's
enjoyment by the public. TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting,
wilful damage or destruction of trees and any works to a tree(s)
protected by a TPO first requires the consent of the Council.
TPOs do not affect the ownership of, or liability for trees on
an individual's property.
Requests for Tree
The Council receives requests to
make a TPO from residents of South Staffordshire, who consider that
particular trees, which make an important contribution to their
locality are under threat. TPOs may also be made as a result of
development proposals being submitted to the Council where the
retention of existing trees is considered important.
Before making a TPO the Council's
Arboricultural Officer will visit the site in order to assess
whether the trees are worthy of protection.
Trees that have major defects,
fungal decay and a history of poor management are unlikely to
satisfy the criteria for protection.
If the Council decide to make a
TPO the Order will be served on all persons with an interest in the
land affected by the Order, that is, the owner and occupier of the
land on which the tree stands and the owner and occupier of
adjacent land, especially if the tree overhangs any boundary.
Orders are often made under
Section 198 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (as
Following the service of the TPO,
interested persons have 28 days in which to support or object to
the Order. Before the Council decide if the Order should be
confirmed all representations will be considered.
Works on Trees protected
by a TPO
If you wish to carry out work to
a tree protected by a TPO you must first apply to the Council for
consent. A standard application form and guidance notes can be
downloaded below. Once an application is made, a visit will be made
to inspect the tree and we will make a decision within eight weeks
of receiving the application.
It is a prosecutable offence to
carry out work to a tree protected by a TPO, or remove it, without
the prior consent of the Council.
PDF Document: Application form to carry out
works on trees (645KB)
PDF Document: Applications and notices for
tree works - guidance notes (104KB)
PDF Document: Tree Felling - Getting Permission (212KB)
Protected Trees (142KB)
Tree Preservation Order Appeal
PDF Document: Tree Preservation Orders: A guide to the
law and good practice (570KB)
PDF Document: Changes to the TPO System
(England), 6th April 2012 (76KB)
Word Document: Town and Country Planning Act (1990) sections
Tree Preservation Order enquiry online
Forest and Woodland Management
External Link: Arboricultural Association
External Link: The Tree Council
External Link: Forestry Commission
External Link: The Tree Advice Trust
Senior Arboricultural Officer
Telephone: (01902) 696000
Fax: (01902) 696403