Trees and woodlands that are considered important to amenity, and can be protected by a tree preservation order. You can request a tree to be considered for protection, or if a tree is already protected, you must have consent to carry out works to the tree.
Local planning authorities have specific powers to protect trees by making tree preservation orders. Special provisions also apply to trees within Conservation Areas designated by the local planning authorities. Below is a list of frequently asked questions in respect of tree preservation orders. If you are in any doubt over your responsibilities or the implications of owning a protected tree you should consult with the Trees and Landscape section.
Please use our Interactive Mapping Online Tool to produce a location plan and indicate which TPO trees require works.
We welcome and encourage applications submitted electronically.
A Tree Preservations Order is an order made by the local planning authority which in general makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree without the permission of the planning authority.
All types, including hedgerow trees, but not hedges, bushes or shrubs.
Details of orders are available at Sedgemoor District Council's offices either by telephone or in writing, and are available online in Interactive Mapping Online. The presence of a TPO should also be revealed in any local search carried out prior to purchasing a property. The search will also reveal whether the property is in a conservation area.
Sedgemoor District Council will write to the owner and other interested parties, i.e. neighbouring landowners, enclosing a copy of the order.
No. The owner remains responsible for the trees, their condition and any damage they may cause. However permission is required before carrying out any work on them.
If you deliberately destroy a tree or damage it in a manner likely to destroy it, you could be fined up to £20,000. For other offences you could be fined up to £2,500. In most cases a replacement tree must be planted.
Yes, except for:
Always check with the local planning authority before commencing any works.
Trees not the subject of Tree Preservation Orders are protected if within a Conservation Area. You must give Sedgemoor District Council six weeks' notice in writing if you want to carry out any work on them, and no work must take place during that period. If you do, you could be fined as outlined above.
Find more information on the Trees in Conservation Areas and Application Forms page.
Application forms are simple to complete and there is no charge made by Sedgemoor District Council to process an application. Please contact us for more information or to request an application form or click on related links below.
You can find any details regarding applications for works to trees with Tree Preservation Orders on the Councils' Planning Online tool.