The Forestry Act 2014 provides for a single licence process for tree felling. Felling licences can be valid for up to 10 years in duration, which may be extended for one or more further periods, up to a total of 5 years. For more information on new tree felling requirements click here.
However, trees outside of the forest can be felled without a tree felling licence in certain circumstances (see below for exempt trees information).
If you have any queries in relation to tree felling, it is recommended that you seek the advice of the Felling Section:
Felling Section, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co Wexford, Y35 PN52
Phone: 053 9163400
Tree felling licence application form and detailed guidance notes:
Where a licence for the felling of trees is received, the Department will publish a notice of the application before making a decision. The notice shall state that any person can make a submission or observation to the Felling Section within in 30 days from the date of the notice.
When granted, the licensee shall erect a site notice at the entrance from the public road (or where the entrance is to be created) prior to the commencement and for the duration of the harvesting operations.
Where a felling licence has been issued, a 28-day time limit for the receipt of appeals will apply in all cases, regardless of whether or not a submission was received. Third parties may appeal the decision to grant a licence or the conditions associated with a licence. The applicant may also lodge an appeal.
An applicant can appeal either a refusal to grant a licence or a condition specified on a licence. After a felling licence has been issued, a 28-day time limit for the receipt of appeals, from the date of decision, will apply.
Third parties may appeal the decision to grant a licence or the conditions attached to a licence. After a felling licence has been issued, a 28-day time limit for the receipt of appeals, from the date of decision, will apply.
The appeal must be in writing, setting out the grounds and including a statement of the facts and contentions upon which the appellant intends to rely, along with any documentary evidence s/he wishes to submit in support of the appeal. The appeal must be sent to:
Forestry Appeals Committee, Kilminchy Court, Portlaoise, Co Laois
Felling Decision Tool
The Felling Decision Tool estimates timber revenues for main conifer species – it shows the impact of felling age on financial return.