How to apply for felling permission

It's an offence to fell trees without permission unless there's an exemption.

We recommend that you read our felling permission application guidance before submitting an application to find out:

  • information on exemptions
  • what's needed for an application
  • how your application is handled
  • information on enforcement and appeals

You can also get permission to fell trees through the approval of Long Term Forest Plans (LTFP) and Land Management Plans (LMP).

1. Check for exemptions

The exemptions section in our felling permission application guidance will help you judge if your felling is exempt.

You can also check felling permission exemptions for utilities and infrastructure

If no exemptions apply, you must apply for felling permission. If you're exempt, you can fell the trees.

2. Check for local restrictions

Use the Land Information Search to see if the area has restrictions such as Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

Be aware of protected species such as badgers and squirrels. It's your responsibility to ensure your felling operations do not break any laws or requirements.

3. Check local planning controls

Consult the planning department at your local authority to see if legal controls exist in the area such as Tree Preservations Orders (TPOs).

Plant health controls may exist that apply to timber movement. If in doubt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When considering timber transport, use Agreed Routes Maps (ARMs). Visit the Timber Transport Forum for more information.

4. Complete an application

Speak with all relevant stakeholders to ensure any restrictions are addressed early. You may wish to refer to the Confor guidance note

Complete the standalone felling permission application form:

Submit a mandate form with your application if needed:

Attach a map or maps showing the boundary of the suggested felling and restocking area. 

Visit our 'Mapping standards' web page for more information. 

5. Submit your application

Once you've filled out your application, submit it to your local office.

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