A woodlot licence grants licence holders exclusive rights to manage and harvest Crown timber within the woodlot licence area.
Woodlot licences are awarded either through an advertised, competitive application process or a direct award. About 3.5 million cubic metres of timber is currently allocated for small tenures such as community forest agreement and woodlot licences.
Woodlot Licence - Competitive Award
Eligible competitive award applications will be evaluated in accordance with:
The following three components of the evaluation will be weighted to determine the scores for each applicant:
- Bonus offer: Amount of money offered as a non-refundable lump sum (50 points total possible)
- Private land: Amount and proximity to the woodlot licence Crown land (25 points total possible)
- Proximity: Proximity of applicant's principal residence to the woodlot licence Crown land (25 points total possible)
Woodlot Licence - Direct Award
Direct award woodlot licences are typically awarded to further an agreement for First Nations or their representatives, or mitigate the effects of treaty or treaty-related measures, interim measures, or economic measures on a First Nation.
Licence Holder Requirements
In exchange for the right to harvest timber on the Crown portion (Schedule B) of the woodlot licence area, the licence holder must also manage any private land (Schedule A) contribution in accordance with provincial forestry legislation such as the Forest and Range Practices Act, Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act and the Wildfire Act.
The maximum amount of Crown land that can be included in a woodlot licence is 800 hectares on the coast and 1,200 hectares in the interior. Any amount of Schedule A land can be included in a woodlot licence area. Schedule A lands can include both fee simple lands (competitive award woodlot licences) as well as Indian Reserve lands (as may be applicable only for First Nation direct awards woodlot licences).
One Cutting Permit Over the Woodlot Licence
Woodlot licences are eligible, subject to decision-maker discretion, for one cutting permit over the entire woodlot licence area. A one cutting permit saves time for both the woodlot licensee and the B.C. government as timber on a Woodlot Licence is priced through the tabular pricing scheme, the need for appraisal information is eliminated. One cutting permit provides the licensee the ability to quickly react to niche markets and demand. In keeping with a results-based model, the licensee must report on activities once they are completed consistent with requirements in Forest & Range Practices Act (FRPA).
- Memo to District Managers and Regional Executive Directors (PDF 47KB): January 1, 2011
- 1CP Business Process Map (PDF 147KB): December 2019
- Administration Manual for Community Forest Agreements and Woodlot Licences (PDF 303KB): July, 2019
- WL Road Reporting Information Submission (PDF 1.6MB): October 28, 2020
- Chief Forester Memo - Road Reporting (PDF 560KB): July 5, 2019
All woodlot licences use tabular rates for stumpage calculations. Tabular rates (and the one cutting permit) provide for lower administrative cost given the small scale of these licences.
- Woodlot Licence Private Land Removal Policy 8.8 and Guidelines - May 1, 2018 (PDF)
- Woodlot Licence Plan Template - April 20, 2018 (PDF)
- Woodlot Licence Parallel Processing - March 14, 2016 (PDF)
- Interim Guidance - Roles & Responsibilities of Woodlot Licensees, Government and Forest Professionals - 2011 (PDF)
- Guidance Document to Deal with the Two Available Options Regarding Overcut Carry Forward Volumes of Timber Harvested as a Result of Catastrophic Events on Woodlot Licences - Effective June 27, 2011 (PDF)
Contact us to apply for a woodlot licence.
- Woodlot Licence Plan Template (DOC)
- Woodlot Licence Plan Checklist (PDF)
- Preparing a Woodlot Licence Plan - Introduction and Information (PDF)
- Woodlot Licence Plan Management Objectives (PDF)
- Woodlot Licence Plan Strategies Results and Measures (PDF)
- Woodlot Licence Plan Practice Requirements - Supplemental Information (PDF)
Woodlot Licence Program - General Administration
Woodlot Licence Program - Private Land Removal
- Policy 8.8 Woodlot Licence Program - Private Land Removal (PDF)
- Woodlot Licence Program Private Land Removal Guidelines (PDF)
- Woodlot Private Land Removal Request (PDF)
Woodlot Licence Program - Competition, Evaluation & Award
- Policy 8.9 - Competition, Evaluation, and Award (PDF)
- Additional to Policy 8.9 - Woodlot Licence Application Evaluation Procedures (PDF)
Woodlot Licence Program - Replacement
- Cutting Permit Extension and Surrender (PDF)
- Woodlot Licence Program - Blanket Salvage Permits (PDF)
Woodlot Licence Transfers
Woodlot Licence Consolidation