Dead or dangerous protected trees
If you want to remove a protected tree or a tree in a Conservation Area, you need to request permission from us.
However, that may not apply if the tree is dead or dangerous. This includes if you want to:
- remove a dead or dangerous branch
- remove a dead or dangerous tree
Trees which are allegedly diseased or dying do not fall within the exemption.
If a tree presents an immediate risk of serious harm and work is urgent, you must give us written notice as soon as possible. This is called a Five Day Dead or Dangerous Tree Notification.
You should only carry out the work needed to remove the risk, and nothing more. You should contact a professional tree surgeon to do the work, as it is not a service we offer.
If you cut down the whole tree, you will need to plant a replacement of appropriate size and species. However, you do not have to replace a tree is it is covered by the woodland classification.
You can find further guidance on dangerous trees from GOV.UK.