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Tree Felling

Forestry in Ireland operates within a legal and regulatory framework. This is necessary in order to protect forests and also to ensure that forestry operations and activities are carried out in compliance with the principles of sustainable forest management. A felling licence granted by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine provides authority under the Forestry Act 2014 to fell or otherwise remove a tree or trees and to thin a forest for silvicultural reasons.

The information presented below aims to provide a clear understanding of the circumstances where tree removal or felling is permitted.

Tree Felling and Reforestation Policy

New Tree Felling Requirements

Exempted Tree Information Note

Tree Felling Licence Application Guidance Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

Licences to Fell Trees

Application Form

Supplementary Application Form

Guidance Notes

Example Apllication Forms

Site Notice

Enquiries on making an application for Tree Felling Licences should be addressed to:

Post: Felling Section, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford, Y35 PN52

Email:felling.forestservice@agriculture.gov.ie

The Forestry (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (SI No. 417 of 2020) introduced fees for forestry licence applications made from 07/10/2020.  Fees are €20 per licence application and payment can be made by sending a valid cheque, bank draft, postal order or money order by post with your application. Do not send bank notes in the post.  Such payments must be made payable to Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.  An application accompanied with payment by cheque, bank draft, postal or money orders, that is found to be invalid, will not be accepted.  Third party cheques, bank drafts, postal or money orders cannot be accepted.

Information and enquiries relating to tree felling licences can be sought from:

Felling Section
Telephone: 353-(0)76-1064459
Email: felling.forestservice@agriculture.gov.ie