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Applying for a tree felling permit for municipally protected trees

In the public and private sectors, the felling or pruning of a tree can be a violation of municipal tree protection.

The felling or pruning of a municipality-protected tree is only permitted under certain circumstances.

Process flow

  • As a rule, the application must be submitted in writing to the competent authority.
  • After the application has been submitted, an on-site inspection may take place
  • You will receive written permission

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the municipality, the joint municipality and the city.


Prerequisites for felling or pruning can be:

  • the tree is sick and has largely lost its ecological functions
  • further maintenance represents an unreasonable expense for the owner.
  • there is a danger to persons or property

Which documents are required?

Ask the competent authority what documents you need to provide.

As a rule, the exact location, as well as information about the tree itself (species, size of the tree) must be added.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Tree pruning or felling may only take place after the permit has been obtained.

Legal basis

  • Municipal Tree Protection Statute

Technically approved by

Municipal framework service


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)