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How to check if a tree is protected

Find out how to see if a tree is protected and if you need our permission to work on it.

If you are a homeowner, you may be able to confirm this by looking in the package of information you received when you bought your property.

Written confirmation of tree preservation order is £24 (per property) from 1 April 2021. This price includes VAT.

Check if the tree is in a conservation area

If the tree is in a conservation area you may need our permission to work on it. Find out which trees in conservation areas need a planning application.

Written confirmation if property is in a conservation area is £24 (per property) from 1 April 2021. This price includes VAT.

You can also check by visiting our interactive map.

  1. Tick the box next to ‘Tick to use the Open Access version’ and press ‘Log in’.
  2. At the top of the map go to ‘Simple address search’ and pick ‘Simple address search’ from the drop down list.
  3. Type in the street name and press ‘OK’. It will then take you to the address on the map.
  4. On the left hand side of the map there is a list in blue. Go to Planning. There is a '+' on the right hand side of the word. Click this '+'.  
  5. Tick conservation area and it will place a brown layer on the map and you can see if the property is within a conservation area.
  6. If it says ‘there was an error processing that request’ then the system is not working and you should try again.

Or by visiting our policy map.

  1. Click on 'search map' and the insert address and click on ‘Find Address’
  2. Once it has identified your property (outlined and shaded in red) then click on ‘Key’. If it is within a Conservation Area it will be within an area outlined by a thick red line.

Or looking on our conservation pages.

  1. Firstly look at the “All conservation areas” Map and identify if your property lies within a conservation area.
  2. Check the detailed conservation area map to see whether you property falls within it.

When conservation areas sit next to each other and your property lies close to the boundary, you should check both detailed conservation area maps.

Check if the tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order:

Please note that if the tree sits on a property which forms part of a development which was previously called another name it may be listed under its previous name e.g. the TPO covering the Former New Cross Hospital, Avonley Road TPO covers an area which includes Pump Lane, Water Lane and Farrow Lane.

Use the planning application search

  1. Go to the planning applications search
  2. Put in the address and press ENTER
  3. This will show whether there have been any previous application in regard to trees on the property.

Use the advanced planning applications search

  1. the advanced planning applications search
  2. Go to ‘application details’ and put the road name in the box called ‘description keyword’. Select ‘confirm tree preservation order’ from the drop-down list next to ‘application type’ and press ‘search’.

All Tree Preservation Orders 

To see a list of all Tree Preservation Orders registered in Lewisham:

  1. Go to the advanced planning applications search
  2. Select “Confirmed Tree Preservation Order” from the drop down list next to “Application Type” and press search.

If the tree is on a development which was previously called another name, it could be listed under its previous name. For example, the TPO covering the Former New Cross Hospital. 

If you have tried the above and still cannot find out whether the tree is covered by a TPO, email us at planningtrees@lewisham.gov.uk. Put the words TPO check and the address in the email subject line. 
It can take up to ten working days for us to respond to TPO checks. 
We cannot tell you if a property is in a conservation area. 

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