Apply for planning or building regulations

Different types of application require different levels of information and supporting documents, depending on the nature and scale of development. You may apply online using the tool below, which guides you through exactly what is needed to complete your application for planning permission or building regulations approval. This is our local list of validation requirements.

If you are unsure if you need planning permission, please visit the Planning Portal site.

Works to protected trees (PF31)

Protected trees include those covered by a tree preservation order (TPO) or those which grow in a conservation area. You will need consent from the Council even if you wish to prune branches overhanging from a neighbour's protected tree.

You can check whether or not the tree is within a Conservation Area using our Interactive map.

Further information relating to trees and hedges can be found on this page.

Guidance Notes

What you need to submit

The list below details supporting documents that may need to be submitted as part of your application. Please refer to each section below in order to determine whether or not you need to submit it as part of your application.

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The completed application form
Always required

Please ensure that you have completed every section of the application form before submitting. Where sections or questions are not relevant please state this on the form.

The associated help file for this type of application can be found here

Apply Online or Download Form

Correct fee
No fee is required for this type of application.
Location Plan
Always required

Please provide a sketch plan showing the precise location of all trees.

Specification of works
Always required

A full and clear specification of the works to be carried out

Justification statement
For works to trees protected by Tree Preservation Order

A statement of the reasons for the proposed work

Supporting Evidence
For works to trees protected by Tree Preservation Order

Evidence in support of justification for proposed works.

In particular, you should provide:

  • report by a professional (e.g. arboriculturist or horticultural adviser) if your reasons relate to the health and/or safety of tree(s);
  • a report by an engineer or surveyor, together with one from a tree professional (arboriculturist) if you are alleging subsidence damage.