Tree Preservation Orders are made by a Planning Authority under Section 160 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 as amended by the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006 and within the procedures set out in the Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation Order and Trees in Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2011. They are an effective means of protecting individual trees, groups of trees or woodlands whose removal would have significant impact on the public amenity of an area. Where protection is given by a TPO, prior consent in writing is required from the Council to carry out any work on the trees. It is an offence to cut down, lop, top, uproot or wilfully damage or destroy a protected tree without the Council¿s permission. An owner wishing to carry out work on a tree must apply online at the Scottish Government¿s e-planning system at https://eplanning.scotland.gov.uk/WAM/.
Dundee is covered by a network of 21 Smoke Control Areas, established under Section 18 of the Clean Air Act 1993. Under the Clean Air Act 1993, it is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney of any building in a smoke control area. It is also an offence to burn solid fuel in a home or other premises unless the fuel is: * an 'authorised smokeless fuel' (standard house coal and wood are not authorised fuels); or * burnt in an 'exempt appliance'.