Members of the public who wish to cut firewood on Crown land for personal use must have a "Free Use Permit for Firewood" from each Natural Resource District where they intend to cut, signed by the appropriate District Manager or designate.
There is no charge for this privilege, only a commitment to abide by a number of simple rules that are outlined in the permit. Each permittee must:
- Carry the permit at all times
- Read and understand the conditions of the permit prior to signing
- Produce the permit at the request of a Natural Resource Officer, Conservation Officer or Peace Officer
Cutting firewood on Crown land without this permit may result in confiscation of the wood and charges. It is up to the permit holder to determine whether they are cutting on "vacant Crown land" and not private land or First Nations reserves. Please note that no cutting of live standing trees is allowed.
Each district is operated differently so please contact the individual districts where you plan on cutting for more information, and remember to carry your permit with you at all times.
Permits Listed by District
- 100 Mile House (PDF) | map
- Campbell River Permit (online form) | Overview Map | Amor de Cosmos Creek | McCreight Lake | Rock Bay | Stella Lake
- Cascades (PDF) | Map
- Cariboo-Chilcoltin (PDF)
- Chilliwack (online form)
- Coast Mountains (PDF) | maps
- Fort Nelson (No online permit)
- Haida Gwaii (PDF)
- Mackenzie (No online permit)
- Nadina Resource (PDF) | map
- North Island-Central Coast (online form) | map
- Okanagan Shuswap (PDF) | north map | south map | central map
- Peace (PDF)
- Prince George (PDF)
- Quesnel (PDF)
- Rocky Mountain (PDF)
- Sea to Sky (online form)
- Selkirk (PDF)
- Sunshine Coast (Permits available at FrontCounter BC)
- Skeena Stikine (online form)
- South Island (online form) | Schedule A | Cutblock B14, B15, W16 Overview Map | Cutblock B14 Map | Cutblock B15 Map | Cutblock W16 Map
- Stuart-Nechako (PDF)
- Thompson Rivers (including Headwaters Area) (PDF) | map
Due to the high volume of traffic through Data BC during this fire season, the interactive map is sporadically unavailable.