It is a criminal offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree protected by a TPO, or to cause or permit such actions, without the authority’s permission. You can find out if the tree has a TPO by contacting the tree officer at your local council.Click to see full answer. Herein, do you need planning permission to cut down a tree in your garden?Planning Permission. Many trees are protected by tree preservation orders which means that, in general, you need the council’s consent to prune or fell them. If you are unsure about the status of trees which you intend to prune or fell (or you simply require further information) you should contact your council.Beside above, can you make Neighbours cut down trees? No! Crossing property lines to trim or cut down a tree is not something you or your arborist can do. Neither you nor your arborist may go onto a neighbor’s property or destroy the tree. If you do go onto a neighbor’s property or harm the tree, you could be liable for double or triple the value of the tree! Thereof, what trees can be cut down without permission? New trees added to the list include bakain, bamboo, tut, guava and Ailanthus increasing the number to seven. “These trees are used as crops in rural areas therefore do not require any permission before cutting.Is it legal to cut down a tree in the woods? Trees in the Forest The first thing you’ll want to do is to find out who owns the land. If it’s private or protected property, you’ll get in trouble for trespassing if you enter and cut down a tree without permission. However, the federal government does allow people to cut down trees in some of its national forests.