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Protected trees

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

Planning office - Stranraer

Apply for permission                           

Apply online for permission

You can also download a paper copy form and guidance from the online portal.

Unprotected trees

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.

Page last updated: 11/10/16