Tree preservation orders are put in place to protect specific trees from being cut down, topped, or uprooted without permission. However, this doesn’t prevent trees from being somewhat of a nuisance to us and our properties, or even becoming a danger to our living spaces.

If you find yourself wanting to remove a tree with a TPO in place, carry on reading. Below, we explain how you can go about getting a tree preservation order removed in a professional and safe way. 

What Is A Tree Preservation Order?

A tree preservation order (TPO) is a legal mechanism that states you can’t remove a particular tree without permission. TPOs can be applied for by the local council or by a private person and are put in place to protect specific trees or groups of trees, such as woodland.

Can I Remove A Protected Tree Without Permission?

If you have a protected tree you wish to remove, it is essential that you apply for permission. You can do this by contacting your local council, which will decide whether they can grant your request.

If your request is granted, there will be a fee associated with this process as well as the removal of the tree itself. However, they may decide that removing the tree is not in their best interest and allow it to remain on your property despite its condition being unhealthy or dangerous.

How To Remove A Tree Preservation Order

If you wish to remove a tree preservation order on a particular tree that you believe is disturbing you and your property, you will need to apply for a removal permit. To do this, you’ll have to submit an application form and pay the relevant fee, with the amount of the fee varying depending on your council.

Your local council will then examine your application and may ask for more information about your plans, including how you intend to replace the tree that has been removed, before approving it. If the council refuse your application, you will have the option to appeal against this decision if you feel strongly that the tree is disturbing your property.

Local Tree Preservation Orders

The laws that determine what trees can be removed in a given area are far from simple and vary greatly from state to state and neighbourhood to neighbourhood.

It is, therefore, important that you educate yourself and become familiar with your local tree preservation order laws by visiting your local council website.

The Consequences Of Damaging A TOP Tree

Carrying out a tree removal without permission from your local council is not only dangerous, but it can also lead to a large fine or prosecution.

Therefore, it’s important that you don’t carry out a tree removal without the proper approval and get in touch with your council so that they can offer advice on how best to proceed without breaking any laws.

If you have been granted approval to remove a tree and need help doing so, visit Summerland Tree Services today.