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Application for tree works

Submit your application online via the Planning Portal or download the following application form:-

Application Form to apply for tree works (one form required)
l Application Form - Guidance Notes
l Application Checklist Guidance

Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Carmarthenshire County Council, as the local planning authority, has a responsibility for the retention of trees in the County.

Trees are an important natural asset and contribute much to the quality of our urban and rural environment. In addition to their visual amenity, trees act to filter noise, light and dust and play an essential role in the ecological system.

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

The Council protects trees by issuing Tree Preservation Orders (TPO).  A TPO aims to protect trees that make a significant impact on their surroundings, for example, if they are a good example of their species or form an important feature within the local landscape. A TPO can be made by the local planning authority in respect of a tree, group of trees or woodland including hedgerow trees but not hedges, bushes or shrubs. Members of the public may make a formal request for a TPO to be made.

The effect of a TPO is to make it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, willfully damage or willfully destroy a tree without the Council’s consent.

Anyone can suggest to us that a TPO is put on a tree. We will then decide if it is of enough visual importance to the general public to make a TPO.

You will be told in writing if we intend to make a tree on your land the subject of a TPO, and you have the right to object to the TPO being made.

Even once a TPO is in place, the owner is still responsible for the tree, rather than us. If anyone wants to prune any part of the tree or cut it down, however, they usually need to get our written permission first. The Courts can impose heavy fines or even imprisonment if work is done without permission on a tree covered by a TPO. 

Trees in Conservation Areas

Trees within conservation areas are also protected and works to trees in these areas are subject to restrictions even if the trees are not the subjects of a TPO.

In accordance with the legislation, it is an offence to cut down, prune, lop, top, uproot or wilfully damage or destroy a tree in a Conservation Area without giving prior written notice to the Council. The penalties for failing to notify the Council are similar to an offence under TPO.

Applying for Tree Works

The form is available to download above and can be used for applying for Works to Trees Protected by a Tree Preservation Order, and/or Notification of Proposed Works to Tree in Conservation Areas. Applications can also be made online via the Planning Portal website.  There is no charge.  Only one form is required when submitting your request (we do not require 3 copies).

Viewing Tree Preservation Order and Conservation Areas

Please use our Interactive Mapping System - Plan Access.

Please note, every effort has been made to keep these maps fully accurate and up to date, but they are not legal plans for the purposes of determining which trees are covered by Tree Preservation Orders. New orders are frequently made by the Council and so you are always advised to check with the Council before you do works to any tree.

Obtaining a copy of a Tree Preservation Order

We keep records of all trees covered by TPOs. Copies of all TPOs are kept at Planning Services, 8 Spilman Street, Carmarthen or email



Stephen Edwards, Arboriculture Officer, Planning Services, 8 Spilman Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1JY

Tel: 01267 228689 - Email: or Email:

Further Information:

Protected Trees - A Guide to Tree Preservation Procedures
This leaflet is written for the benefit of tree owners, the general public and amenity groups and answers some of the most common questions about tree preservation procedures. It is for guidance only and is not a statement of the law.

Tree Preservation and Replacement Appeals
Anyone who wishes to fell or carry out work to a tree protected by a TPO must apply to the Council to obtain permission.  If an application is refused, or allowed subject to conditions, or if the Council fails to decide the application within 8 weeks the applicant has a right of appeal to the Welsh Ministers under the provisions of section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Click on this link to view information on hedgerows

Plan Access - Interactive Mapping
Click on this link to view Plan Access. TPOs can be viewed by selecting the Planning theme. If you click on the Information button at the bottom of the screen in PlanAccess, and click on the green 'blob' the information on the TPO will appear. Conservation Areas can also be viewed in the Planning theme.

To view the PDFs on this site you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Page last updated on 26/11/2014