From 1 April 2019, anyone wishing to fell trees in Scotland will require a felling permission from Scottish Forestry, unless an exemption applies or another form of felling approval such as a felling licence (including a Long-term Forest Plan) already exists.
A permission to fell trees issued under the new legislation will be called a felling permission rather than a felling licence.
You need permission to fell trees. It is an offence to fell without one unless there's an exemption. This section provides guidance on how to do this.
Find out how to get permission to fell trees.
The mandate form is required if you are completing an application form on behalf of a land owner.
Read factsheets explaining the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act and associated legislation.
Details of applications for felling permission are published here for comment.
Scottish Forestry is the Scottish Government agency responsible for forestry policy and regulation. Find out more about us.
Find out more about how Scottish Forestry helps regulate and promote forestry in Scotland - and helps the UK with forestry economics and the woodland carbon code.