When a request is made to prune a tree/or trees which are owned by the Council, each case is assessed on its individual merits.

Torbay Council, unfortunately, does not have unlimited resources, and budget pressures mean that we are unable to carry out all works as quickly as we would like to.

However, the Council does realise that in many cases the problems of nuisance brought to it are of a real concern to the enquirer, and in such cases the enquirer may wish to pursue this privately at their own expense.  We therefore have a Permit to Work scheme where we grant permission for works to be carried out to the Council’s trees.


Applications can be made by downloading and completing an application form.  

Please return this to Parks & Green Infrastructure with details of the proposed works and the contractor to be used, together with a copy of their Public Liability Insurance.  Please note applications may not be accepted without agents’ details.

  Download a Tree Work Permit application form


There are no fees for this application