Tree Preservation Order

Local authorities may issue preservation orders for trees and woodlands to prevent them from being cut down or destroyed without permission.

The creation of TPOs is provided for under Section 205 of the Planning and Development Act, 2010. This protection can be applied to individual trees, groups of trees and woodlands in the interest of amenity or the environment.

This protection includes the prohibition of cutting down, topping, lopping or will full destruction of such trees and requires the owners to enter into an agreement on their proper management.