Timber from Crown Land Tenure

Timber from Crown Land Tenure

An application to cut, remove or cut and remove timber on associated Crown land tenure. 

Related Activities: Christmas Trees, Commercial Timber <50m3, Firewood, Harvest timber - Small scale and intermediate salvage, 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
Occupant Licence to Cut 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
Stumpage - Interior For rate information, refer to the Interior Appraisal Manual (Table 6-1 or Table 6-6). N/A Interior Appraisal Manual
Stumpage - Coast For rate information, refer to the Coast Appraisal Manual (Table 7-1) for each species harvested. N/A Coast Appraisal Manual

Eligibility Requirements

Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements prior to applying.

Requirement Description
Proof of Tenure Applicant must hold a right to occupy and use the Crown land proposed for harvest. The standard form of proof is a copy of applicable tenure.

Information Requirements

Requirement Description Link to Details
Occupant Licence to Cut Requirements for application:

a. Legal name, address and contact information;
b. Date of commencement;
c. Location of timber (map and general location information);
d. Timber Description (volume and species);
e. Location map;
f. Associated tenure detail;
g. Purpose for timber; and
h. Details on other resource values present, such as wildlife, water, fish, etc.
Right to occupy Crown Land Requirements for application:

a. Copy of approved Occupancy Permit or proof of land ownership;
b. Proof applicant is owner or occupier of the land;
c. Map showing the external boundary; and
d. Information required to determine stumpage.

Potential Additional Requirements

Requirement Description When is it Required?
Road Use Permit Information required includes: Applicant name, contact details, identification of associated tenures or purpose, vehicle size, number of loads, start and stop dates for road use and signature. When an industrial use of a Forest Service Road is required.
Scale Site Designation Information required includes: Applicant name and contact information, applicable timber marks, scale site name and numbers, product being scaled, volume and designation expiry. Must ensure that an accurate scale of timber is performed. Requires signatures of all mark holders. When scaling of logs is required by tenure holder, not required for some Districts.
Link Description
Licence to Cut Manual A Web page providing a informational manual to assist with the administration of Licence to Cuts entered into under the Forest Act. It contains a summary of legal requirements as well as advice and suggestions from the non-legal realm.
Private Timber Marks An online application form required for the designation of a scale site.
Road Use Permit Application Form An online application form required to obtain a Road Use Permit.

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 (www.bcapa.ca) 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