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Tree preservation orders

We can place a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on any tree that has amenity value to the surrounding area. Tree Preservation Orders prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without our consent.

Find out if a tree is protected

A tree is protected if it's in a conservation area or it has a Tree Preservation Order placed on it.

  • Conservation areas: view conservation areas in the borough
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs): we're working to make the details of trees protected by TPOs available online. In the meantime, if you want to find out if a tree is protected:
    1. Email us using the details on this page with the address and location of the tree.
    2. We'll search our records and aim to let you know if the tree is protected within 10 working days.

Apply for consent to work on a protected tree

If you want to work on a protected tree, you'll need to apply for our consent, unless the tree is damaged or dangerous.

It's FREE to apply for consent to work on a protected tree.

  1. Read our checklist and guidance to make sure you've everything you need to apply. Search for works to trees checklist and guidance
  2. Complete the application form on the Planning Portal by following the link below to apply for tree works.
  3. Once you've submitted the form, we aim to make a decision on your application within 6-8 weeks.
  4. If we approve your request, well send you an approval letter. You'll be able to begin the tree works immediately, unless we outline any restrictions on your approval letter.
  5. If we refuse your application, we'll contact you to discuss the reasons why and what you can do next.

Apply for tree works on the Planning Portal

What to do if a protected tree is damaged or dangerous

If a protected tree has become damaged or dangerous, for example from strong winds, you can carry out work to make it safe. You must:

  • Let us know about the damage:
  • Be able to prove any work carried out was essential to make the tree safe.
  • Only undertake the minimum amount of tree work needed to make the tree safe. If any additional work is required, you'll need to apply for consent to work on a protected tree.

Report unauthorised work to a protected tree

If you think someone is working on a protected tree without our consent, you can report this to us as a planning breach.

Order a copy of a Tree Preservation Order

It's FREE to request a copy of a TPO but you have to be the owner of the land or home where the tree is located. You'll need to show us evidence you own the land or house before we'll send you the copy of the order.

If you want a copy of a Tree Preservation Order please get in touch giving the full address it relates to.

Request to protect a tree

You can request a Tree Preservation Order be placed on a tree if you feel a particular tree should be protected.

To request a TPO be placed on a tree:

  1. Email us using the details on this page and include:
    • The address and location of the tree
    • Description of the tree, such as species, height and age
    • The reasons why you would like to see the tree protected
  2. Once we've received your request, we'll conduct a formal assessment of the tree to decide whether it should have a TPO
  3. We aim to notify you of our decision on whether a Tree Preservation Order will be put in place within 12 weeks.
  4. If an emergency TPO is needed, we can do this within 24 hours.

Support or object to a Tree Preservation Order request

You can browse submitted applications or requests for TPOs by searching for current planning applications.

Penalties and fines

If you damage, destroy or work on a protected tree without our consent, you could be prosecuted and fined up to £20,000 per tree.


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Rochdale OL16 1XU

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