Some trees are protected if removing or altering them would have a significant negative impact on an area.
You could face a fine of up to £20,000 for carrying out work to protected trees without permission.
You will need permission from us to work on trees if they are:
- covered by a Tree Preservation Order
- located in a Conservation Area
- protected as a condition of a planning permission
Contact us to find out if a tree is protected:
Planning office - Dumfries
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call 01387 260199
Planning office - Stranraer
- Email email@example.com
- Call 01776 888468
Apply for permission
You can also download a paper copy form and guidance from the online portal.
You don't need permission to carry out work on trees that aren't protected but you'll need a felling licence from the Forestry Commission if you're felling more than 5 cubic metres.