Requesting a Tree Preservation Order

Anyone can ask for a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) to be made, you do not need to own the land. For a TPO to be made the tree has to be significant to the landscape, important for wildlife or under threat.

If you feel that certain trees or woodland are worth such protection you can request a TPO by emailing us at planning@arun.gov.uk giving:

  • your name and contact details
  • details of the exact location of the tree
  • the name of the owner of the tree (if you know it)
  • why you feel the tree should be protected
  • a photograph of the tree

We will consider whether we feel the tree should be protected.  If so we will create a provisional tree preservation order. At this stage members of the public are invited to comment on whether the order should be approved or not.

The making of a TPO is a legal process and once it has been made it is registered as a Local Land Charge and will appear on any Local Land Charges Search that is carried out. Your solicitor should tell you about any Tree Preservation Orders when you purchase your property.