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Tree felling

Everyone involved in the felling of trees – whether it is an owner felling trees themselves or employing others to do the work, such as an agent, timber merchant or contractor – must ensure that a felling licence or other permission has been issued before any felling is carried out, or that an exception applies as specified in the Forestry Act and in regulations.

Tacit consent: tacit consent does not apply as the legislation provides for an application process, time limit and appeal.

England, Scotland and Wales

Further reading:


    Forestry Commission: Tree felling: Getting permission

   Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas




* Forestry Act 1967

* Forestry (Exceptions from Restriction of Felling) Regulations 1979

* Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Part VIII (as amended)

* Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012

Northern Ireland


Further reading:

 NI Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Felling licences


* Forestry Act (Northern Ireland) 2010

* Forestry Act (2010 Act) (Commencement No. 3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013

* Forestry (Felling of Trees) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013

* Forestry (Felling of Trees) (Calculation of the Area of Land) Regulations

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