Tree Preservation Orders

Example of a tree with a TPO Tree Preservation Orders are made by councils to protect important trees and woodland. The main effect of an order is to prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without the permission of the local authority.

In Brighton & Hove, hundreds of trees are protected by such orders. To find out whether a tree is protected please email us on

According to the Town and Country Planning Trees regulations, a new standard form for applications must be used for consent to work on trees under a Tree Preservation Order. The changes also streamline the process for dealing with appeals against tree preservation order application decisions.

The new form can be printed from the Planning Portal website and sent to us by post. Please send it to the Arboriculture Service and not to the Development Control address at the top of the application form. Alternatively, it can be submitted electronically. For help with completing the form, please read the guidance notes.

Although there are no changes to the way conservation area notifications are submitted (either by using the form as mentioned above, or by letter), the same information is required as in the Tree Preservation Order application form.

If you are submitting a form by post, please send it to:

Arboriculture Service
City Parks Offices
Stanmer Nursery
Stanmer Park
Lewes Road

If there are trees which you think should be protected or if you have seen work being carried out on a protected tree and want to know if the owner has permission, please contact the Arboricultural Service on email

If you need a copy of a Tree Preservation Order, you should write to the address above. Please enclose a cheque for £40.80 payable to Brighton & Hove City Council.

Trees in Conservation Areas

stanmer park conservation area

Do you intend to fell or carry out work on a tree within a Conservation Area?       

Does the tree have a stem diameter which exceeds 75mm when measured at 1.5m above ground level?

If so, then you must give the council six weeks' prior notice by letter (which must still include the information required by the Tree Preservation Order form) of your intention to carry out this work. This is a legal requirement. The purpose of this is to give us an opportunity to consider whether a Tree Preservation Order should be made in respect of the tree.

To find out whether a tree is within a Conservation Area, please telephone 01273 292929.