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If you want to cut down trees (or have them cut down) or standing timber (hedgerows, hedges, thickets) of a specific amount or area in an existing forest in the Netherlands that fall under the Dutch Conservancy Act (Natuurbeschermingswet), you must inform the Netherlands Enterprise Agency in advance. You must reforest the land within 3 years. If you transfer the land in the meantime to a new owner or user, you must inform them of the reforestation obligation. You can submit a request (PDF) to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency for an exemption from, deferral or compensation for the reforestation obligation.
In some municipalities you will need an All-in-one Permit for Physical Aspects in addition to the notification of tree felling.
If you plant new trees to produce wood, you can apply to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency for an exemption from the obligation to report tree felling and the obligatory reforestation. The exemption is subject to the condition that you (or the owner or manager succeeding you) have the tree belts cut down within 40 years of submission of the application.
Submitting a digital report with Message Box
Using Message Box, you can digitally submit a tree-felling report or submit a request as a result of the replanting obligation to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.
Please note: For this purpose, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency's Message Box is listed as 'Regulations Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy'.