Do I Need Planning Permission For Tree Removal

Guidance specific to Scotland only.

Do I need planning permission to remove or carry out works to a tree?


What is planning permision?

You might require planning permission to remove or carry out works to a tree if.

  • The tree is protected by a tree preservation order (TPO).
  • You live in a conservation area.

Trees that are protected are often marked with a tab (not always). If you are unsure you should check with your local planning department who will be able to advise.

The only reason works can be carried out to a protected tree without planning permission is if the tree is causing an immediate safety risk, e.g. due to storm damage. In these circumstances works can be carried out however it is recommended you keep a record of any works you carry out including photos.

Healthy trees within a protected woodland area that are not dead, dying or dangerous and are less than 7.5cm in diameter measured 1.5m above ground level do not require an application.

What is a tree preservation order?

A Tree Preservation Order protects trees and woodland and safeguards their removal or destruction. It is an offence to carry out work to trees without the consent of your local planning department unless the above criteria is met.

Trees within a Conservation Area are also protected by law, and prior to carrying out any tree work you must make an application to your local planning department. If you are unsure whether your tree is within a conservation area please check with your local planning department.

How do I apply to remove a protected tree?

You will need to make an application to your local planning department. Your application should include information on the location of the tree, photos and details of the existing condition and detail of the works you wish to carry out.

An Arboriculturalist (tree specialist) will be able to assist you with condition reports.

The Council requires no less than 6 weeks notice before you plan to start tree works.

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Guidance specific to England only.

Do I need planning permission to remove or carry out works to a tree?


You might require planning permission to remove or carry out works to a tree if.

  • The tree is protected by a tree preservation order (TPO).
  • You live in a conservation area.

Trees that are protected are often marked with a tab (not always). If you are unsure you should check with your local planning department who will be able to advise.

The only reason works can be carried out to a protected tree without planning permission is if the tree is causing an immediate safety risk, e.g. due to storm damage. In these circumstances works can be carried out however it is recommended you keep a record of any works you carry out including photos.

Click here for Architects Costs