Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)


A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is an order that can be made by the council to protect trees that make a significant impact on their surroundings and may be under threat.

This is a legal protection and if a tree is protected by a TPO it is then an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree without the Council's consent.

This means that before you do any work to a tree protected by a TPO you must apply to the Council for approval to undertake the works.

To find out whether your tree is protected by a TPO please visit our View Protected Trees on a Map page by clicking on the link to the right.


Works on Protected Trees

If you wish to apply for works to be carried out on a protected tree and you know what works you wish to undertake, please call us on 01962 848 301 or email 

If you are unsure as to what work you would like to carry out and would like to seek help, we recommend you contact a Tree Consultant before applying to the Council. A list of consultants approved by the Arboricultural Association can be found at

We ask that you decide what works you would like to undertake before contacting the Council.

Once you are ready to submit your application to us, you can do so online by following the link to the Planning Portal on the right.

Please be warned, carrying out work on a protected tree without the Council's consent can result in a criminal prosecution and a hefty fine of up to £20,000.

If your tree is dead or dangerous, consent is not required but the Council should be given five days notice before any works are carried out, unless it is an emergency. In these situations we still advise that you notify the Council as soon as possible to minimise any negative repercussions.

If you see work being carried out on a tree that you think may be protected, contact Winchester City Council on 01962 848 301 or email

Applying for a TPO

A Tree Preservation Order is a legislation to prevent harm being done to the trees. It is a criminal offence to undertake any works to a tree that is covered by a TPO, without consent from your local authority. The aim of the TPO is to protect the tree, and here at Winchester City Council we have a responsibility to protect the trees in our district.

If you would like to apply for a TPO to be put on a tree, please could you provide the following information by email to We will assess the information, and respond in due course. Please note this does not guarantee a TPO will be placed on the tree – our tree officers along with the planning team will assess the application, and take the below factors into consideration.

- The address or location where the tree(s) are situated;

-A map identifying the location of the specific tree(s);

-The reasons for wanting a new TPO i.e. proposed development, prominent tree etc.;

 -Perceived level of threat;

1) Immediate threat to tree

2) Foreseeable threat to tree

3) Perceived threat to tree

4) Precautionary only