Natural resource applications and permits

Last updated on January 10, 2024

Permits and authorizations are needed for developing, extracting, removing or harvesting resources in B.C.

FrontCounter BC

FrontCounter BC is a single-window service for clients of provincial natural resource ministries and agencies. Through FrontCounter BC offices, natural resource clients obtain all the information and authorizations they need to start or expand a business.

FrontCounter BC staff act as advocates for timely decisions and responses, and help a client navigate - from start to finish - what can sometimes be a maze of licences, permits and registrations. Clients can think of the staff at the counter as their direct link to B.C.'s natural resource ministries and agencies.

Local free use permits

Permits must be obtained from Natural Resource Districts prior to cutting firewood or Christmas trees on Crown land.