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Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as the local planning authority, we have 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.

We protect 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 our 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 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 willfully damage or destroy a tree in a Conservation Area without giving us prior written notice.

The penalties for failing to notify us are similar to an offence under TPO.

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

There is no charge. 

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 us before you do works to any tree.

We keep records of all trees covered by TPOs. Copies of all TPOs are kept at:

Planning Services, 
8 Spilman Street,
email: planningsearches@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Page updated on: 10/08/2017

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