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Tree Preservation Orders

We are responsible for administering our Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) which involves safeguarding individual trees, groups of trees and woodlands. 

We manage around 180 TPOs covering trees and woodland throughout the county. 

TPOs are protected trees and it is an offence to cut down, wilfully damage, prune or do any other work on them without the proper permission. However, there are certain legal exemptions. 

If you wish to carry out work on a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order you will need to make a formal application using the form attached to this page.

Due to legislative and regulatory changes to the planning system, it is mandatory to complete the application form and provide all information as detailed in the advice notes.  

We will not be able to accept applications in any other format, for example old versions of application forms or letters.

There is no charge for submitting an application and we aim to determine your application within 8 weeks of receipt.

Advice on completing your application

Please read the advice note before filling in your application form.

It is important that all mandatory information is provided.

Failure to supply precise and detailed information may result in your application being rejected or delay in dealing with it.

Before sending your application to us we advise you to use the validation checklist to ensure you have included all the necessary information.

The Department for Communities and Local Government provides further information on Tree Preservation Orders.

View current Tree Preservation Orders using the Derbyshire Partnership Mapping Portal