We mainly cover trees in gardens and on other privately owned land. Trees are protected in a number of ways:
- Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
- conservation areas
- planning conditions
Tree Preservation Orders
TPOs can be on individual trees (Point TPOs), on a woodland (Woodland TPOs) or cover particular trees within an area (Area TPOs).
To find out if you have TPOs on your land or are in a conservation area and if your tree is protected, please use the map below.
Specific trees in Point and Area TPOs are not detailed on the map but will be in the original TPO plan. If you would like a copy of the plan, please call us on 0114 203 9183 with the TPO number (808/xxx). A £15 charge applies which you can pay over the phone.
New TPOs may not yet have been updated on the map. If you are in any doubt, please contact us.
Apply for consent to work on your tree
We receive a large number of applications every month to do work to trees. We will usually deal with TPO applications within 8 weeks of validation.
We require 6 weeks notification to do work to trees in a conservation area. It is advisable to allow for these timeframes when contacting a tree surgeon.
We will make a site visit during this time to assess the proposals. Our Tree Officer may wish to contact you as part of this to arrange access or check other details.
All of our decisions are made under the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) and National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
Government Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) on TPO’s and protected trees in conservation areas.
The PPG helps explain more about the application process and what service you can expect from us.