Works to protected trees

Works to trees that are subject to a TPO must be to the Council using these forms:

There is no fee associated with such an application

The Council is

  • permitted 8 weeks to decide if the works should be permitted
  • allowed to attach conditions (for example, requiring the planting of replacement tree(s) or specifying ways the works should be carried out)

There is a right of appeal to the Secretary of State if consent is refused.


If a dead or dangerous tree is protected and it’s condition has been confirmed by a competent person to make that decision, then you do not need to make a full application for making it safe.

Prior to pruning or felling a tree that presents an urgent and serious safety risk, written notice (by email to planning.services@thanet.gov.uk) of the proposed works must be given to the Council’s Planning department as soon as practicable after the works become necessary. Prior to felling a dead tree at least 5 days written notice of the proposed works must be provided (by email to planning.services@thanet.gov.uk) to the Council’s Planning department.

With an written exemption notice, you must provide:

  • Information to identify the location of the tree (species/type, size, location, location plan).
  • A description of the planned works.
  • Photographic evidence to prove that the trees are exempt from an application.

The Council recommends that in cases that affect dangerous trees (or parts) that a minimum of 5 working days notice will be given unless the magnitude of risk is so great as to make this unreasonable; in these circumstances as much notice as possible should be given in writing after the problems become apparent.

TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without the Local Authorities consent. The maximum penalty for carrying out works to TPO trees without consent is up to £20,000 a tree.

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