Tree Preservation Orders

Your Legal Obligations

It is unlawful to undertake work on a tree under the protection of a TPO. The penalties are severe so it is always worth checking that your tree is not under a TPO. If it is we can submit the application for you, providing we are undertaking the work of course. You can obtain the form here.

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, willful damage or willful 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

The form applying for work on a tree with a TPO form can be printed from the planning Portal website and sent to the council by post or 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