What do I need when applying for an environment permit?
During your application online, the Digital Environment Portal (OLO) will ask you a number of questions. Based on your answers, the system will give you a list of all the information you need to send with your application. You will need to use DigiD to apply for a permit at the digital environment portal. Your application will only be dealt with if it is complete. If it is incomplete, we will get in touch with you to let you know.
How long will it take to hear a decision?
Usually, you will hear from us within 8 weeks. Sometimes, we need more time. In that case we can extend the decision period once by another 6 weeks. Has it been 14 weeks and you still haven't heard back from us? Then you are automatically entitled to the permit.
Is your application incomplete, and do we ask you to send additional information? In that case, we will suspend the decision period.
Are you applying digitally? Your permit will be sent digitally. However, if you are applying by post, your permit will be sent by post.
Have you been refused a permit and you disagree with the decision? You can lodge an objection.
How much do I pay for a permit?
That depends on the reason for the tree removal.
Felling a diseased tree (this is called a 'green' reason)
In 2018, felling a tree for a green reason costs 106 Euros per tree, with a maximum of 2,120 Euros.
Felling a perfectly healthy tree (this is called a 'red' reason)
Felling a tree for a red reason costs 265 Euros per tree. For 10 trees or more, it costs 473 Euros per tree, with a maximum of 9,460 Euros.
In the case of trees for which a removal permit is required, a compensation obligation generally applies. You will be informed as to whether a compensation obligation applies in your situation. The preferred method of compensation is planting a new tree in the same place as the old one. Sometimes that is impossible, in which case a sum of money will be requested. We use this money to keep the city green and liveable.
You will find a complete list of the costs involved in Article 2.3.8 of the fee regulations (only in Dutch).
What if I am not the owner of the tree?
You can only apply for a permit if the tree is your property. If that is not the case, you may not fell the tree.
A municipality-owned tree
Are you having problems with a municipality-owned tree? Make a report public space.
A neighbour's tree
Are you having problems with a neighbour's tree? First get in touch with the owner of the tree. The municipality does not mediate in such situations. In some cases, you can demand that the neighbours remove the tree.
You will find more information about this at juridischloket.nl
Where can I find more information about the Municipality of Eindhoven's policy on trees?
You will find more information about the municipal policy on trees in the regulations on trees and the further rules governing trees (only in Dutch). They contain the rules governing both trees owned by the municipality and privately-owned trees, which might be the tree in your garden, for example, or the tree on your company grounds.