Permits are required for a range of activities including research, commercial foraging, organised events and activities, hunting, filming, firewood collection, grazing and apiary. The permit system allows Forestry Corporation to manage the competing demands on our forests.
Please note that permits are only available online and not available in person. Permits can be processed over the phone using a credit card and emailed during business hours only.
- Find out where you can collect firewood for domestic use and arrange a permit. Please note that if a forest is not showing on the map, then it is closed for collection.
- Download the factsheet to read more about the rules and guidelines for Collecting firewood from State Forests [PDF].
- Contact your closest office to enquire about commercial firewood collection.
Visit the Department of Primary Industries website for information on hunting licences and permits.
Cattle grazing permit
Permits are available for grazing cattle in some State forests. Fees apply. Application forms should be emailed to email@example.com
- Download a Forest Permit application form [Word]
- Conditions for grazing permits on State forests [PDF]
Permits are available for apiary (bee keeping) sites in some State forests. Fees apply. Application forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest events and activities permit
Forest Permits are required for some events and activities in State forests. Some forests are not available for events.
Please contact the closest Forestry Corporation office to discuss your proposed activity or event before applying for a Forest Permit.
To apply for a Forest Permit, please download and complete the following forms and submit to your local Forestry Corporation office or contact.
A minimum of four weeks is required for a full permit application to be assessed (see forms below, and large events may require 90 days). We endeavour to facilitate all recreational pursuits, however you should be aware that some permit applications may not be approved.
Forest Permits attract fees which are generally based on the nature, intensity and number of people involved in the activity. Some activities may be exempt from fees.
Your local Forestry contact will discuss your permit fees and other requirements with you:
- Application Form - Forest Permit (Activity)
- Standard Conditions - Forest Permit (Activity)
- Incident Report Form - Forest Permit
- Site Safety Plan Template - Forest Permit
- Medical Emergency Evacuation Plan Template - Forest Template
- Usage Report Form - Forest Permit
Note: a copy of your public liability insurance will also be required. Forestry Corporation may request additional information and place conditions on your permit.
Permits are required for photography and filming in State forests. Fees apply. Please contact the closest Forestry Corporation office to discuss your proposed filming and complete the Forests permit - application form [Word].
To discuss proposed research in native State forests, contact the Senior Ecologist at the Wauchope office. To discuss proposed research in softwood plantations, contact the Bathurst or Tumut office. To apply for a research permit, download and complete the following forms:
- Forest Permit – Research - Application form [Word]
- Forest Permit – Animal ethics , wildlife and research information sheet [PDF]
- Forest Permit – Research – General conditions [Word]
- Forest Permit – Research – Flora and fauna record [Word]
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.
Email completed application forms to email@example.com Please allow a minimum of four weeks for your application to be processed.