Tree preservation orders

New Tree Preservation Orders and Modified Tree Preservation Orders

During the coronavirus lockdown, copies of new Tree Preservation Orders and Modified Tree Preservations will not be displayed in St. Aldate’s offices in the normal way.  If you wish to see a copy of the new Order or the Modified Order, please contact 07483010206 and arrangements will be made for a copy to be sent to you. 

If you also wish to make comments on any new Tree Preservation Orders, email your comments to [email protected] - please quote the reference number and observe the deadline dates.

Visit our Tree Preservation Order documents page to view any new Tree Preservation Orders or any Modified Orders.

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) protect trees where appropriate in the interests of amenity. TPOs can protect individual trees, groups of trees, areas of trees or woodlands.

Trees that are suitable for protection in this way are usually those that are visible from a publicly accessible place, and their removal would cause significant harm to the environment.

Before making an order we need to be sure that:

  • The trees are at risk and that it is expedient to make an order.  
  • There will be a reasonable degree of public benefit

For more information see the government's guide Protected trees: a guide to tree preservation procedures.

Locations of Trees Protected by a TPO

We have over 250 TPOs within the Oxford boundary.  You can see if a tree close to you is protected by a TPO by using our LocalView address search:

  • Click the link above and press the 'search' button
  • Enter the address you're interested in
  • Click on 'Map Features' (pin icon) and check the 'TPO' option
  • Click on the 'i' (information) button and select 'TPO Wood'. This should allow you to see both individual trees and protected areas/groups

Work on Trees Protected by a TPO

You need our permission before you carry out any works to a tree that is protected by a TPO. The maximum penalty for carrying out works to TPO trees without consent is £20,000.

Such work includes:

  • Cutting down
  • Uprooting
  • Topping
  • Lopping
  • Wilful damage or wilful destruction

It is not an offence to undertake work to a TPO tree that is dead, dying or has become dangerous.  However, the burden of proof that that a tree is exempt from the need for consent because of the condition of the tree(s) lies with the person carrying out the work.  Anyone proposing to do work under this exemption is strongly advised to contact us.

Applying for Tree Preservation Order Consent

If you would like to carry out works to a tree protected by a TPO then please complete a tree application form on the Planning Portal website.

Apply for TPO consent

Applications take 8 weeks to be processed and have a decision sent out. An acknowledgement letter is sent on receipt of an application which explains the procedures and deadlines.