State forest permits
Permits are required for a range of activities including
- 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 endeavor to facilitate all recreational pursuits however 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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please allow a minimum of four weeks for your application to be processed.