Timber - Traditional Use

Timber - Traditional Use

Timber - Traditional Use: Timber for an activity that has historically been carried out in British Columbia by groups (e.g. First Nations).

Related Activities: Christmas Trees, Commercial Timber <50m3, Firewood, Harvest timber - Small scale and intermediate salvage, Land Tenure Timber, Timber - Free 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 Permit - Traditional and Cultural 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
First Nations person or First Nations community Local Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations ministry offices may have further requirements based on local process with individual First Nation communities.

Information Requirements

Requirement Description Link to Details
Free Use Permit Application for Traditional and Cultural Activities Requirements for application:
a. Applicant name;
b. Contact information;
c. First Nations;
d. Purpose of harvest;
e. Location of harvest area (including map); and
f. Declaration that timber will be used for a traditional or cultural purpose . For building a long house, applicant must include:
g. Copy of building plan of proposed structure;
h. Estimate of volume and species required; and
i. Written statement from First Nations governing body.
Traditional and Cultural Activites

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.
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.
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