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Tree Preservation Orders and Trees in Conservation Areas

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Use our online maps to view Tree Protection Orders and conservation areas in North Lincolnshire.  Select the ‘Environment’ section on the map.

What are Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)?

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) enable the council to protect important trees.

They can be placed on any tree, group of trees or woodland that has significant amenity value.

Trees that are exempt from TPOs are those that are:

  • Dead
  • Dangerous

Tree Preservation Orders prohibit:

  • Cutting down
  • Uprooting
  • Topping and lopping*
  • Wilful damage or destruction

*Removal of dead wood may be exempt. Contact the council to check this (contact details are below).

  • If a tree is dead, or parts of it are in a dangerous condition, an application is not always required. The council will normally expect to be given five days written notice any work on the dangerous parts of the tree.
  • If someone removes a tree with a TPO area without permission, or because it is dead, or in a dangerous condition, they must replace it, and the new tree will be protected by the TPO.

Trees in conservation areas

  • Nearly all trees in conservation areas are protected.
  • Anyone wishing to fell a tree or carry out works to a tree in a conservation area must give the council six weeks written notice.
  • We then decide whether to make a TPO to protect the tree from future works, or allow the works to go ahead.
  • It is an offence to start works without the council’s consent. This could result in a penalty as stated above.
  • If a tree is dead, or parts of it are in a dangerous condition, consent is not always required. The council will normally expect to be given five days written notice any work on the dangerous parts of the tree.
  • If someone removes a tree in a conservation area without permission, or because it is dead, or in a dangerous condition, they must replace it.

Visit GOV.UK or the Planning Portal for more information.

Penalties

Doing work without the council’s consent is an offence.

If convicted by a magistrate, the maximum penalty is £20,000. Crown courts can impose unlimited fines.

Our policy

We will investigate threat to trees. We make temporary  orders if the tree has significant amenity value. These orders allow for discussion over a period of six months.
We will usually decide whether to make the temporary order permanent within this period.

Replacing trees

Protected trees must be replaced if removed without consent, or if a tree is dead or dangerous.
The council can make people put trees back by serving a notice on them.
If the council decides to allow the removal of a TPO tree it may require a replacement.
The original TPO will apply to trees which replace ones that have been removed without consent.
The council will protect the tree(s) by using planning conditions or, by modifying/remaking the TPO.

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01724 297000

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