When is permission to fell not necessary?
In the following cases:
1) Trees and bushes with a circumference of less than 80 cm at a height of 130 cm above the ground (or diameter of 25 cm) on the property belonging to private individuals. This is only valid for lands which are utilised by the private individual and provided that the trees or bushes are not a significant landscape element, tree monument or a specially protected plant species! Legal entities or individuals with a business licence must submit an application to fell woody plants regardless of the circumference!
2) Contiguous stands of bushes covering an area of less than 40 m2 on the property of a private individual. This is only valid for properties which are utilised by the private individual and in the case that the bushes are not a significant landscape element, tree monument or a specially protected plant species. Legal entities or private individuals with a business licence must submit an application to fell regardless of the area covered by the bushes!
3) If the condition of the woody plants endangers life or health or if there is a possibility of widespread danger – then “emergency felling” is permitted (in this case it is necessary to submit a notification of felling to the nature protection body no more than 15 days after the felling is carried out).
4) If the felling is for cultivation purposes (renewal or thinning of the stands) or health reasons (liquidating an outbreak of diseases, or they are dying off for other reasons and a cure is not possible or not practical), or in the case of felling according to other regulations (e.g. the legal duties of those who care for rivers, roads, railways, electrical transmission lines etc.). In these cases it is necessary to submit a notification of felling at least 15 days before beginning the felling. Felling is only possible if the nature protection body does not start a legal appeal process within those 15 days, which could restrict or forbid the intended felling.