Firewood: An application for cutting of timber of up to 50 m³ for non-commercial firewood. Please note that permits for personal firewood are not available in some areas of the province.

Related Activities: Christmas Trees, Commercial Timber <50m3, Harvest timber - Small scale and intermediate salvage, Land Tenure Timber, Timber - Free Use, Timber - Traditional Use


About this Activity Guide

This guide summarizes the most common requirements and recommendations for your chosen activity and is designed to help you submit a complete application. Be aware that this information is for guidance purposes only.

Mandatory Authorizations

Authorization Name Link to Authorization Guidance Link to Application
Free Use Firewood Permit Authorization Guidance Apply Now


Cost may be a specific value or range of values. The cost includes GST, where applicable.

Cost Type Cost Description Cost Link to Details
Application fee Not applicable. No cost. Not applicable.

Eligibility Requirements

Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements prior to applying.

Requirement Description
Age, Residence and Use A BC resident who is 19 years of age or older who will use the firewood for personal, domestic purposes and not for sale to others.

Information Requirements

Requirement Description Link to Details
Free Use Permit Requirements for application vary by District:
  • contact information - name and email address,
  • license plate of vehicle
Check with your local FrontCounter BC office. District requirements differ and in some Districts permit is not available. Note: Fire danger ratings can cause a s suspension of rights associated with permit.
Link Description
Forest Service Road Permits and Agreements A Web page providing information the various agreements and permits for use relating to Forest Service Road management.

Other Things You Should Know

Archaeology Information
Archaeological sites are protected under the Heritage Conservation Act and must not be altered or damaged without a permit issued by the Archaeology Branch. Information regarding potential risks to protected archaeological sites may be obtained by submitting an online data request form to the Archaeology Branch or by contacting a professional archaeologist via the BC Association of Professional Archaeologists ( or via local directories. Visit the Archaeology Branch website for more information.

BCeID - What Is It and Why Get It?
BCeID is an online service that allows you to create a user ID and password to sign in securely to many Government services in British Columbia. The benefits of having a BCeID account include:

  • Stop and start. Save and return later to complete your application without losing any information previously entered.
  • Real time status information. Check the status of your application in real time.
  • Access your applications for multiple people (Business BCeID only) to edit or submit your application or check its status. To enroll in this service, visit the BCeID web page: FrontCounter BC - BCeID

Consulting with First Nations

  • The Province is committed to reconciliation as part of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Act.
  • The Province is responsible for ensuring adequate and appropriate consultation and accommodation, it may involve the proponent in the procedural aspects of consultation.
Proponents are encouraged to engage with First Nations as early as possible in the planning stages to build relationships and for information sharing purposes. To get more information about the guidelines and procedure manuals that are designed to assist government officials and proponents with meeting consultation obligations, please visit the Consulting with First Nations web page.

Legal Disclaimer
This guide provides the most current and accurate information available to the Government of British Columbia at the time of publishing; however, we make no warranty regarding the completeness, currency or accuracy of this information. This information is for guidance purposes only and does not replace legislated requirements. Each application is unique and circumstances may result in additional requirements beyond those included in this guide.

Last Updated: July 14, 2023