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Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) has been giving permission for felling of trees growing on private land as per the provisions of the Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act, 1976. KFD provides this public service after obtaining information from the Revenue Department about the ownership of the tree/trees. To compensate for the felling tree/trees, planting of seedlings is also prescribed in the KPT Act. The Tree Officer, who after inspecting the tree/trees and holding such enquiry as he deems necessary, may either accord permission in whole or part or refuse it. The Government has included this service under THE KARNATAKA SAKALA SERVICES ACT, 2011 and (Amendment) Act, 2014. The notification pertaining to appointing of Tree Officer: Notification No. B5/KPT/CR-60/2014-15 dated: 03-10-2016.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (faq) VIEW

  • Who has to apply

    Persons having ownership right over the land and trees.

  • Is there a prescribed format for the application to be submitted for permission to fell trees in private land

    Yes. The applicant has to apply in the format as mentioned in THE KARNATAKA PRESERVATION OF TREES RULES, 1977 (Form-1).

  • Which are the species for which felling permission is not required

    There are 27 species for which felling permission is not required. https://aranya.gov.in/downloads/KTPAct1976exempted listsps.pdf

  • For which areas felling permission is not required

    For the areas other than the areas that are mentioned in THE KARNATAKA PRESERVATION OF TREES ACT, 1976 and RULES, 1977, felling permission is not required.

  • To whom the land/tree owner has to apply for felling permission

    Applicant has to apply to the Tree Officer for the taluk as mentioned in the Notification for appointing tree officer. Notification No. B5/KPT/CR-60/2014-15 dated: 03-10-2016. https://aranya.gov.in/downloads/Oppointing of tree officer Eng.pdf

  • What are the documents required to be submitted to avail permission to fell trees in private land

    a. Katha extract certified by Revenue Department. b. Tree ownership certificate from Revenue Department. c. Survey Sketch of land from Department of Land Records. d. Consent of the other owners having share or right on land/tree e. Cultivation License Certificate (if any).

  • What is the definition of Schedule-I in a rural area

    These are the areas comprising lands under tea, rubber or cinchona cultivation, including woodlots and lands belonging to the State Government and released in favour of others.

  • What is the definition of Schedule-II in a rural area

    These are the areas comprising lands other than those included in Schedule-I.

  • For which urban area, felling permission is required

    For 65 urban areas as mentioned in THE KARNATAKA PRESERVATION OF TREES ACT, 1976 and RULES, 1977, felling permission is required.

  • How many seedlings need to be planted for one tree to be felled

    The applicant has to plant two seedlings for one tree to be cut on the same land or land prescribed by the Forest Department. A recent order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directing that ten plants are to be planted for one tree cut is presently under stay.

  • Whether the applicant has to pay fee to avail this service

    No. But the applicant has to deposit the amount as fixed by the Department as a security of maintaining the seedlings planted for five years.