Tree Preservation Orders

Tree work applications

Trees can be protected by tree preservation orders or conservation area legislation, issued by the local planning authority, and securing planning consent for appropriate tree management can be difficult. All of the consultants at Treecall Consulting have vast local government experience and can help by producing reports to support any application for tree work.


The regulations covering TPOs in England are found in The Town and Country (Tree Preservation)(England) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/605). When local authorities refuse permission for particular tree work there is an opportunity (within 28 days of receiving the decision) to appeal against the decision to the Planning Inspectorate. In the past additional information could be included if the case was taken to appeal but now all information must be provided at the beginning of the application process. Therefore it is important to support tree work applications with a report as part of the case presented.

TPO objections

Before a local planning authority confirms a TPO, they must consider all written representations that have been made. Treecall Consulting can provide advice on objecting to a TPO and whether we can support you in the process. Our consultants have extensive knowledge of the procedures that the local planning authority are required to follow, the guidelines provided by the Secretary of State and can increase your chances of a successful objection.

Local authority support

Numbers of tree work applications can vary significantly throughout the year and staff shortages can also make it difficult to determine all applications within statutory time frames. Extensive experience in the assessment of applications enables Treecall Consulting to provide a professional service that will help manage backlogs.