Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are made by Norwich City Council. They can apply to one or more trees, where they make an important contribution to their surroundings and particularly when they are under threat from possible development.
If a protected tree is destroyed or damaged without permission, both the owner and the person responsible can be prosecuted and fined up to £20,000. Other offences carry a fine of up to £2,500.
Where we give permission for a tree covered by a TPO to be removed, you may be required to plant a replacement.
The owners of the land on which there are trees covered by a TPO are responsible for their care. This also applies to trees in conservation areas.
Preservation orders cannot be applied to hedges, shrubs or bushes, even if they are large and visually important.