Tree survey and arboricultural report

A tree survey is required for all developments that meet the following criteria:

  • trees within or adjacent to the application site that are subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)
  • trees within a Conservation Area that are within or adjacent to the application site that have a stem diameter greater than 75mm when measured at 1.5m above ground level
  • trees within or adjacent to the application site of a proposal for major development and that have a stem diameter greater than 150mm when measured at 1.5m above ground level
  • trees within or adjacent to the application site that form part of an ancient woodland (any wooded area that has been wooded continuously since at least 1600)

and which could influence or be affected by the proposed development (including works such as site access, service routes and site compounds).

In all other circumstances where there are trees within the site which could influence or be affected by the proposed development, and that have a stem diameter greater than 150mm when measured at 1.5m above ground level, please include the location of the trunk and the canopy spread on the site layout plan.

Full planning applications

For a full planning applications, you will need to include:

  • a full survey of all trees on the site in line with British Standards Institute guidance
  • a full survey of all trees near to the site which are affected by the development, in line with British Standards Institute guidance
  • an arboricultural impact assessment and tree protection plan showing:
    • which trees are being kept
    • which trees are being removed
    • how trees being kept are being protected
  • to show any tree works that will take place before the development
  • an arboricultural method statement in line with British Standards Institute guidance
  • to show the proposed location of underground services
  • to explain the removal of any trees
  • to show replacement planting to compensate for the removal of trees

Any survey, arboricultural impact assessment, tree protection plan or arboricultural method statement should be prepared by a qualified arboriculturist.

We will require you to submit for full planning permission if any trees on your site are under a tree preservation order.

Householder or residential applications

For a householder applications, you will need to include the following:

  • a scaled plan showing:
    • a tree’s reference number
    • a tree’s exact location
    • the stem diameter of a tree at 1.5 metres above the ground
    • if a tree is to be kept or removed
    • access to the site
    • any services
  • to show any tree works that will take place before the development
  • how you will protect trees during the development
  • to show replacement planting to compensate for the removal of trees

More information

For further guidance, we recommend the below documents and guidelines: