Manchester City Council

Sports, leisure & the Arts Tree Preservation Orders & Trees in Conservation Areas

About Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)

Tree Preservation Orders are used to protect trees of a high amenity value or which have a significant impact on the environment. Where a TPO is made, under Section 198 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990, we must identify the tree(s) protected by the order on a location plan.

We are working to make the details of tree protected by a TPO available online. However in the meantime, to confirm whether a tree is protected or not you can email planning@manchester.gov.uk with the address and tree details.

Works to trees covered by a TPO

Once an order has been made, our consent is required before a tree may be pruned or felled. In certain circumstances, it may be agreed that pruning or removal may be permitted in order to accommodate development, but the TPO enables the council to control these actions and to obtain new planting to replace trees which are removed.

You can apply online or obtain a form to apply from our Apply for Planning Permission page. There is no fee involved.

Works to trees within a conservation area

Trees in Conservation Areas are also subject to protection. Anyone wishing to fell, prune or uproot trees in a conservation area must give us six weeks' notice, unless they form a hazard to public safety or are already covered by a TPO.

You can give notice of your intention to carry out work using the same form as undertaking works to trees covered by a TPO.


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