Example of a tree with a TPO

What a Tree Preservation order is

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 send an email to arboriculture@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

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 posted to us. Please send it to the Arboriculture Service and not to the Development Control address at the top of the application form. 

Alternatively, submit the form 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, Brighton, BN1 9SE.

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 send an email to the Arboricultural Service on arboriculture@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

If you need a copy of a Tree Preservation Order, please write to the address above, and include a cheque for £36.46 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, go to our Conservation areas page.