Permits

Permits are required for a range of activities including research, organised events and activities, hunting, filming, firewood collection, grazing and apiary sites.

What are the benefits of permits?

The permit system allows Forestry Corporation to manage the competing demands on our forests. Permits enable Forestry Corporation to:

  • Keep track of usage of our forests
  • Ensure activities are not incompatible with one other 
  • More effectively deal with emergency situations 
  • Manage the risk of environmental damage to forests 
  • Ensure activities are compatible with the operational timber harvesting business of Forestry Corporation.

Why are there fees for permits?

Forestry Corporation is a state owned corporation and delivers services that generate income or at least are cost neutral to the organisation.

Types of Permits

Events and activities permits

Forest Permits are required for organised events and activities in State forests.
Download and complete the following forms:

Note: a copy of your public liability insurance will also be required. Additional information may be requested by the regional office. Additional conditions may be placed on your permit.

Related information

  • Some forests are not available for organised events due to forestry operations. For information about which forests are excluded in other regions please contact the closest Forestry Corporation office.

Filming permits

Permits are required for photography and filming in State forests. Fees apply.

The application form and procedure is the same as for "Events and activities" permits.

Firewood permits

To purchase a domestic firewood collecting permit and find out what forests are available for collection you will need to first

register online.

There are rules and guidelines for Collecting firewood from State Forests [PDF].

If you would like to enquire about commercial firewood collection, you can contact the closest office.

Fossicking permits

To purchase a fossicking permit you need to register online.

More information about fossicking

Grazing/apiary permits

Permits are available for grazing cattle and keeping bees in some State forests. Fees apply. Contact your nearest office for further information.

Hunting permits

Authorised hunting in declared NSW state forests occurs under a special licensing system administered by the Department of Primary Industries. To find out more, visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hunting.

Research Permits

NSW State forests offer many opportunities to increase our understanding of natural ecosystems through scientific research. Properly designed research projects which involve systematic investigation or survey of forests are a valuable source of knowledge. External researchers are encouraged to undertake appropriately targeted research in State forests. Find out more about research in NSW State forests.

Download and complete the following forms:

Note: a copy of your public liability insurance will also be required. Additional information may be requested by the relevant office and additional conditions may be placed on your permit.

Submitting your research permit application:

  • Please email completed application forms to research@fcnsw.com.au
  • Please allow a minimum of four weeks for your application to be processed
  • For queries regarding research permits for native State forests, please contact the Senior Ecologist at the Wauchope office.
  • For queries regarding research permits for softwood plantations, please contact either the Bathurst or Tumut regional offices.
Page last updated/reviewed:27 Nov 2015