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.