A Leicestershire council has warned residents to check with officials before cutting down trees.
Last week Chanda Chawla, 60, of Narborough, was fined £1,500 for removing trees in a conservation area.
At Leicester Magistrates Court he admitted two charges of removing protected trees and was fined £500 for each offence and had to pay £500 costs.
Blaby District Council said residents must check with their planning authority.
The district council said Chawla, of Coventry Road, had been told by county council highways officers to several times from July 2008 to January 2010 to "cut back" vegetation from his property.
Then in February he removed six trees and chopped back several more without further consultation, they added.
All the trees were located within the Narborough Conservation Area.
Andrew Senior, development and conservation manager at Blaby District Council, said: "The conservation area is there for a reason and needs to be respected.
"I would advise anyone thinking of carrying out works to trees on their property to consult their local planning authority first."