5 Day Notice

‘5 Day Notice’

If you have trees under a Tree Preservation Order and if your tree(s) is (are) diseased, dying or dangerous you can notify the local planning authority using a "five day notice" of your intention to reduce or remove the hazard by means of pruning or felling. The local planning department will usually attend to confirm this and accept the notice if appropriate.

When a tree is felled using this exemption there is an automatic replacement condition and the new tree effectively inherits the modified TPO.

Deadwood can be removed from the tree without applying to the local planning authority under the TPO. You are advised to record the deadwood beforehand and must not take living tissue from the tree.

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We recommend that is you are in doubt as to whether your trees are covered under any of these circumstances, you consult your local planning authority.

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