Tree Regulation Services
Applications for works to Protected Trees are the responsibility of the Development Management Team. We are responsible for implementing the regulations governing how landowners manage protected trees which make an important contribution to the quality of the Richmondshire environment. The law protects certain individual and groups of trees.
There are two main types of tree protection under planning legislation :
- Tree Preservations Orders
- Protection afforded to trees within Conservation Areas
Whilst there is no formal definition of a "tree" within legislation (it should be noted that shrubs are excluded), a tree is generally assumed to have a trunk with a diameter of a minimum of 75 mm at a height 1 metre above ground level. It should also be noted, however, that young and/or newly planted trees can also be protected by Tree Preservation Orders.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's)
Tree Preservation Orders can be placed on any tree that has amenity value, however, the Council's practice is only to protect trees with amenity value that are considered to be at risk. The Council has delegated to Officers the making of Draft Orders, but any objection to the Order is heard by the Planning Committee. Trees that are exempt from TPOs are those that are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous and fruit trees grown for the commercial production of fruit. TPOs prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without the Council's consent. The maximum penalty for carrying out works to TPO trees without consent is £20,000.
For a guide to the law and best practise on Tree Preservation Orders please follow this link
Trees in Conservation Areas
Trees in Conservation Areas have similar protection. In Conservation Areas, notice is required for works to trees that have a trunk diameter of more than 75mm when measured at 1.5m from ground level (or more than 100mm if reducing the number of trees to benefit the growth of other trees). It is an offence to carry out the work within that period without the consent of the Council.
You have to give the Council six weeks' notice before carrying out work on trees which are located in a Conservation Area but are not yet the subject of a Tree Preservation Order. This gives the Council an opportunity to consider whether an Order should be made to protect the trees.
Telephone: 01748 829100
Please note –
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is responsible for protected trees in the National Park. They can be contacted at:
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Tel: 0300 456 0030
Fax: 01969 652399