Sheffield's trees and woodlands are an important feature of our landscape, making our city one of the greenest in Europe.
Trees are protected in a number of ways:
- Tree Preservation Orders
- Conservation Areas
- Planning Conditions
We mainly cover trees in gardens and on other privately owned land.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPO’s)
TPO's can be placed on single trees, groups of trees and even whole woodlands. If you think a TPO may affect you it is highly advisable to check with us directly so you do not undertake any unauthorised work.
If a TPO is in force, it is a legal requirement for you to obtain consent from us before carrying out any work to the trees. Failure to do so is an offence and can result in prosecution.
We can also check to see if any planning conditions affect your property.
You can use an online map to see if you are in a conservation area and if your tree is protected
Get a copy of a Tree Preservation Order
Our Planning Records Service can provide you with a copy of a TPO for £15. You can order one and pay for it over the telephone by contacting the Planning helpline.
If you prefer to apply by post you can find the forms in the ‘Forms to download’ box on this page.
If you prefer to apply by post you can still do so, but you will need to download and print the forms in the box to the right of the page.
The application process
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.
Trees on the roadside or public highways are the responsibility of our Highways department (working with our partners, Amey). You can report this online.
You will need to contact our Parks and Countryside service to report issues with trees in green spaces. Please our related links below to be directed to the Parks and Countryside service.
They are not a planning matter. In some cases you may be asked by ourselves to cut back any hedges that are causing a nuisance. Please see related links at the bottom of the page for information on high hedges.