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Apply for permission to work on a protected tree

Find out how to apply for permission to work on a protected tree

Types of tree applications

Find out if a tree you want to work on is protected.

Non fast track applications

Non fast-track applications are for:

  • trees with a Tree Preservation Order 
  • trees in a conservation area where the application includes felling of one or more trees
  • works on five or more protected trees.

Fast Track tree applications

Fast-track applications are for applications to work on trees in conservation areas that do not include felling.

5 Day Notice applications

Applications made under the Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation)(England) Regulations 2012  in relation to dead and dangerous trees are known as five day notices.

These are applications for:

  • cutting down a tree when the whole tree presents an urgent and serious safety risk or
  • pruning part of a tree that presents an urgent and serious safety risk.

There is not a specific application form for these applications.

Instead, email planning@lewisham.gov.uk with sufficient supporting information and photographs.

Due to COVID–19 restrictions we are unable to visit sites.

Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a tree within a conservation area or a tree covered by a TPO without permission.

How to make a tree application

Make sure your application meets the below requirements otherwise it will be rejected. If your application is rejected we will send you a letter and you will have to apply again.'

It's worth checking they are still sending letters (not emails) during covid

Fast track applications

  1. Download the application form.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. (not bulleted) Make sure you include a clear description of the proposed tree works. This must include existing dimensions (height and radius) and reduction measurements in the format requested. Advice on how to write the description of the proposed tree works.
  4. Email your completed application form to planning@lewisham.gov.uk. Put ‘TREES – fast track application’ as the subject line.

Advice on how to write the description of the proposed works

Email the completed form to planning@lewisham.gov.uk. Complete the subject header with “TREES – Fast Track application”

Non fast track applications

  1. use the planning portal
  2. Read the Government's guidance on applying to work on trees. 

  3. Submit the following with your completed application form:
    • A site plan showing the location of the tree(s) e.g. front or back garden labelling them T1, T2 and so on.
    • Provide on the application form a clear specification of tree works with existing height of trees proposed for felling, with existing dimensions (height and radius) and reduction measurements for other tree works. Advice on how to write the description of the proposed works.
    • Labelled photographs of the trees and labelled photographs of the problems with the trees
    • Any supporting information /reports.

If you are not using the planning portal email your application and evidence to planning@lewisham.gov.uk

Measurements must be in metres. If you are not using the planning portal, please email the submission to planning@lewisham.gov.uk

5 Day Notice applications

Email planning@lewisham.gov.uk with: 

  • details of the urgent tree work necessary to remove an immediate risk of serious harm
  • a map showing the tree(s) location
  • the tree(s) height
  • photographic evidence of the dangerous condition of the tree.

Application form for tree works (Pdf, 220KB)

Urgent works to dead and dangerous trees

Applications made under the Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation)(England) Regulations 2012  in relation to dead and dangerous trees are known as five day notices.

These are applications for:

  • cutting down a tree when the whole tree presents an urgent and serious safety risk or
  • pruning part of a tree that presents an urgent and serious safety risk.

There is not a specific application form for these applications.

Instead, email planning@lewisham.gov.uk with sufficient supporting information and photographs.

Due to COVID–19 restrictions we are unable to visit sites.

Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a tree within a conservation area or a tree covered by a TPO without permission.