East Lothian Council



Privately owned trees

East Lothian Council (ELC), as the Local Planning Authority (LPA), has statutory powers to protect trees that are of special amenity value under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.  

Anyone wishing to do work on trees that are protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) must obtain the appropriate consent from the LPA.  Where trees are located within a Conservation Area notification of any planned tree work must be made to the LPA. Planning permission may also protect trees through planning conditions and permission may be required from the LPA before any tree work is carried out. There are some exemptions from this requirement to obtain permission or notify the LPA but if there is any uncertainty it is best to seek advice from ELC. The penalties for carrying out or allowing unauthorised tree work can be severe.                                    

We have also produced a leaflet on trees and the law which can be downloaded.

For advice on privately owned trees, in particular protected trees please refer to the following pages or contact us 

Trees Managed by East Lothian Council

East Lothian Council's Tree Officer and Forestry Squad (Part of Amenity Services) are responsible for the management of thousands of trees in our parks, open spaces and woodland

For advice on trees managed by East Lothian Council contact the Landscape and Countryside team. 

Telephone: 01875 824305

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.