BC Timber Sales - Timber Sale Licences (TSLs)
BC Timber Sales (BCTS) sells about 10-13 million cubic metres of public timber through competitive auction. This timber is available to loggers, wood processors and other forestry businesses. The auction of timber sales licences determines the market value of timber harvested from public (Crown) land, which is used to set the stumpage rate.
On this page:
- Multi-year development plan
- Timber sale licence opportunities
- Business area sales schedules
- Submit an application and tender
Individuals and corporations must be registered in order to submit a bid for a timber sale licence auction.
- Application to Register as an Individual (FS 590A)
- Application to Register as a Corporation (FS 590B)
Check current registration status.
In certain circumstances, the B.C. government may refuse a cutting permit (CP) or road permit (RP) application that is wholly or partially contained in a BCTS operating area.
Find a timber licence opportunity through:
Each business area publishes a sales schedule of potential timber sales licences for a 12-month period.
Applicants apply for timber sale licence opportunities through paper bid or electronically. BCTS provides clients an opportunity to participate in the process to submit TSL tender applications electronically (e-Bidding) during a pilot period.
- Director's Initial Notification Letter - January 13, 2017 (PDF, 41KB)
- Director's Notification Letter - February 27, 2017 (PDF, 233KB)
- Director's Notification Letter - Pilot Project Extension (PDF, 70KB)
- Executive Director's Letter - Electronic Bidding Project Extension - June 28, 2020 (PDF, 95KB)
Register for BC Bid e-bidding services and submit tender applications using e-Bid: