Tree Preservation Orders

Tree Preservation Orders can be placed on trees by the local authority to protect them for public enjoyment. TPO's can be placed on individual trees, groups, areas or entire woodlands. Its is against the law to wilfully cut down, lop, top, destroy or damage a tree with a TPO and can carry a fine for up to £20000 by a magistrates court if convicted. This does not mean that you cannot carry out work to a tree with a TPO but you must obtain consent from the City Council first. The application process takes approximately eight weeks. Please be aware you will also require consent to undertake work to trees within conservation areas.

To check if a tree is covered by a TPO please complete our enquiry form and we will aim to reply within 3-5 working days

Please be aware if you purchase a property or land with a TPO(s), it is your responsibility as the land owner to maintain the health and safety of your tree/s at your own expense.

Application forms are available for works to trees with Tree Preservation Orders and works to trees within conservation areas of which there is no fee. Applications for works to trees covered by Tree Preservation orders or fall within a Conservation Area can be submitted on the Planning Portal which is the recommended channel for submission, or alternatively can be sent to:

Planning Department
Worcester City Council
The Guildhall
High Street

Tree Preservation Order Survey

We have recently undertaken a re-survey of all Tree Preservation Orders within Worcester City Council. Following on from this survey the next step will be to complete the necessary administration work to ensure that we have an accurate register for our Tree Preservation Orders.

Any changes made to existing Tree Preservation Orders i.e.. Variation or New orders will be made public on our website in line with our legal requirements.

Exemptions - Dead or Dangerous in Conservation Areas

If a tree or any part of is in a dead or dangerous condition then it is exempt from the TPO and Conservation Area legislation.

Unless there is an immediate risk of serious harm, anyone proposing to carry out work on a tree in a conservation area on the grounds that it is dead must give the authority five days notice before carrying out the proposed work.

Where such a tree requires urgent work to remove an immediate risk of serious harm, written notice is required as soon as practicable after the work becomes necessary.

Exemptions - Dead or Dangerous (Tree Preservation Orders)

If a tree or any part of is in a dead or dangerous condition then it is exempt from the TPO and Conservation Area legislation.

Unless work is urgently necessary because there is an immediate risk of serious harm, five working days prior written notice must be given to the authority before cutting down or carrying out other work on a dead tree.

The authority's consent for such work is not required.

The exceptions allow removal of dead branches from a living tree without prior notice or consent.

What is the exception for work on dangerous trees and branches?

Where a tree presents an immediate risk of serious harm and work is urgently needed to remove that risk, tree owners or their agents must give written notice to the authority as soon as practicable after that work becomes necessary.

Work should only be carried out to the extent that it is necessary to remove the risk.

Further Information

For further information on works to trees including dangerous trees, overhanging branches, falling leaves and debris and tree roots and subsidence please read our guidance found within Information on Trees