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Applying for opinion

The Forestry Commission will give an opinion on whether or not you, the applicant, must apply for consent to carry out any work.  The table below outlines the process for getting our opinion.  

1.  Complete EIA Opinion Request Form
Complete this form to find out if you need consent, from the Forestry Commission (under the EIA Regulations 1999), to carry out your proposed work.  A copy is available to download at the foot of the page.

2.  Send details to Forestry Commission
Send your completed form with the following information/documentation to your local Forestry Commission office:   

  • A map or plan sufficient to identify the land where the project is proposed and the extent of the project (Use a clear Ordnance Survey map at a scale of 1:10,000 or 1:2,500).  The Forestry Commission will provide a free copy of an Ordnance Survey MasterMap® for you to use in your application.
  • A brief description of the proposed work
  • Other information that might be relevant
3.  When a decision can be expected
The Forestry Commission will make a decision only when all the relevant information has been received.  The Forestry Commission may ask you for more information. The Forestry Commission will make a decision within 28 days of receiving all the relevant information or may seek to agree a longer period with you. 

4.  If consent is NOT required
If Forestry Commission consent is not required then an application for grant aid/felling licence can proceed or the work can be started.

5.  If consent IS required
If Forestry Commission consent for the work is required, an application for consent must be made to get a decision about whether or not the work can proceed.  Your application must include an environmental statement.  For detailed guidance, see the links below.

6.  Decisions last for a period of five years or any shorter period specified.


EIA Opinion Request Form (201kb)
Environmental Impact Assessment of Forestry Projects (PDF 551kb)
How to prepare an Environmental Statement (PDF 609kb)


Last updated: 31st January 2018