You could either talk to your local authority Tree Officer for advice directly, or contact an arborist for advice. If a tree is dead, it can technically be removed without permission from your local Planning Department, but if the tree is alive, you need to submit an application to have any work carried out on the affected tree. A trained arborist should be able to identify any health problems or defects in the tree
We take our obligations to clients and the environment very seriously, so we are happy to provide advice on the completion of the necessary local authority application forms, or take care of all of the paperwork for you, for a nominal fee of £25. We can also provide a comprehensive, no obligation, written quotation to accompany the application, which will outline the works specified to British Standards 3998:2010 – Recommendations for tree work.