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Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

There are over 600 TPOs in effect in the Dover District.

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Any species of tree may be protected, either as an individual, part of a group or area of trees, or as a woodland.

We have a legal duty to protect trees and may choose to make a TPO to:

  • strengthen a condition imposed on a planning permission
  • protect a tree or group of trees which are in danger of being cut down
  • keep and protect woodland, trees or groups of trees which add to the appearance and character of the district
  • make sure that new development takes into account the landscape setting

How we decide which trees to protect

We may identify trees:

  • under threat from planning applications
  • from contact with local residents
  • for strategic landscape purposes.

We consider any threat and the importance of the trees before we decide whether or not to make a TPO.

What happens when we make a TPO?

When we make a TPO, it becomes effectively immediately.  We notify the landowners and occupiers, who are able to object to or support the order.

We will consider all of the comments we receive and, within 6 months will confirm, withdraw or amend the TPO. 

If you wish to work on a protected tree, please make an application.

Request a new TPO be made

Trees can be considered for a TPO if they are very visible from a public place, in good health and condition and under immediate threat of damage or removal.



Planning Conditions

Sometimes where development has taken place, trees are protected by planning conditions.

To find out if trees are protected by planning conditions, please look at the planning history of an address.

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If your tree is covered by a planning condition, you may need to get permission from us if you want to carry out work to it.  The planning condition will make this clear.


Email: tree.enquiries@dover.gov.uk