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 (TPO)
- located in a Conservation Area
- protected as a condition of a planning permission
Check our TPO register below (please note that this is a working document) or Email email@example.com to find out if a tree is protected. We have also produced a guidance note for requesting a Tree Preservation Order.
A duty officer is also available Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 1pm to provide general advice on the planning system and processes.
- Call 01387 260199
- Visit Ashwood House in Stranraer (every second Thursday)
- Visit Kirkbank House in Dumfries (Tuesday, Wednesday and every second Thursday)
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.