COVID-19 and State forest permits
As the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation unfolds, Forestry Corporation of NSW is committed to ensuring the health & safety of our staff, partners, permit holders and forest visitors.
Organised events and activities
Given the evolving COVID-19 situation and associated public health directions, permits for organised events and activities will now require evidence of a COVID Safety Management Plan or equivalent in place.
Forest Permit applicants are encouraged to review the latest information, updates and resources on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Forestry Corporation expects permit holders, issued for activities involving members of the public, to adhere to the latest Australian and NSW Government advice regarding COVID-19. This includes complying with government orders for gatherings of people.
As the situation is rapidly evolving, we encourage those applying for or already holding an approved permit, to regularly check government websites for the latest COVID-19 advice and/or orders:
We appreciate your assistance and ongoing support.
Closure of camping and picnic areas
From Friday 1 June 2020, camping and picnic areas in State forests are open.
State forest permits
Permits are required for a range of activities including
- mineral exploration and mining related activities
- organised events and activities
- firewood collection
The permit system allows us to manage the competing demands on our forests.
Check for current forest closures
A number of State forests are currently closed due to the fire situation in NSW.
Please check the current closure list here before planning to visit any State Forest. Fossicking and firewood collection are not permitted in closed forests even with a permit.
Events and activities
Forest Permits are required for some events and activities in State forests. Some forests are not available for events.
Please contact your 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 some permit applications may not be approved.
Please note that permit processing times may be further affected in areas where resources are diverted to bushfire reparation works being undertaken.
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:
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].