Forestry and Agrifoods
The agency issues numerous permits and licences ranging from timber licences to operating permits. Permits and licences or further information may be obtained by contacting your nearest Regional Office, District Office or Satellite Office.
A permit issued under the Forestry Regulations to cut and remove from Crown or public land, timber for sale or barter.
There are two categories of Commercial Cutting Permits in the Province.
To apply for a new Commercial Cutting Permit an applicant must demonstrate the viability of the proposed venture.
Cutting Permit Allocation Policy (244 KB)
Please contact any local Forest Managment office for further information on obtaining a Commercial Cutting Permit.
Commercial harvesting areas and volume allocation are determined in accordance with the approved Sustainable Forest Management Plan for each Forest Management District. Click Here for more information on District Planning.
A Timber Sale Agreement (TSA) is a contractual agreement between government and a registered company, for the harvest and extraction of timber from forested parcels of Crown land. Any registered business that qualifies and has an interest in harvesting these areas may bid in an open and fair, competitive bidding process.
All TSA areas are approved through existing five-year Forestry and annual operating plan approvals and have been vetted through Environmental Assessment. The term of each TSA will vary and may depend on the Forest Management Plan expiry date or the applicants proposed harvesting schedule. A TSA may be valid for a period not exceeding five years.Click Here for further information on Timber Sale Agreements and areas currently available.
A licence issued under the Forestry Act giving permission to a person to purchase or acquire timber cut on Crown or public land for subsequent sale or barter, or for processing into a product which is intended to be sold or bartered.
Under the Forestry Act, Cutting of Timber Regulations, a cutting permit is required to cut timber on or remove timber from Crown lands or public lands. Permits for cutting timber for personal use, and not for sale, barter or gift, are referred to as Domestic Cutting Permits. The fee for a Domestic Cutting Permit is $25; however, senior citizens can avail of the reduced fee of $16.25.
The volume of timber allowed to be cut and removed under a Domestic Cutting Permit will depend on local annual allowable amounts and will be indicated on the permit. Harvesting areas and volume allocation are determined in accordance with the approved Sustainable Forest Management Plan for each Forest Management District. CLICK HERE for more information on District Planning.
Domestic Cutting Permits are valid for the current calendar year and can be obtained in person, by phone or mail through any Forestry District Office. If eligible, residents can renew a Domestic Cutting Permit online.
You can renew your Domestic Cutting Permit online if:
Note: Through the online renewal application, you can remove a Helper from your permit but you cannot add a new one.
Permits issued by phone, mail or online will be mailed within five to 10 business days.
For more information on available domestic cutting areas, how to acquire a Domestic Cutting Permit, or Domestic Cutting Permit conditions and regulations, please contact your local district office or refer to the website (http://www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/Regulations/rc961108.htm).
Note: The Provincial Government Issuance of Domestic Cutting Permits Policy requires individuals seeking Domestic Cutting Permits to initially provide proof of identification. A government issued driver's Licence is the preferred form of identification; however, other sources of identification may be accepted. Please contact your local district office for more information.
A licence issued to operate a mill for commercial purposes including sale, gift or barter. Anyone planning to operate a sawmill to saw timber on Crown, private, or public lands must first obtain a licence to operate the mill. The licence required will depend on the purpose and the amount of timber to be sawn.
A licence issued to operate a mill to produce products for the sole use of the operator and not for sale, barter, or gift, at a level not to exceed 5000 fbm (foot board measure) or the sawlog portion of the permittee's domestic cutting permit whichever is the lesser.
A permit issued in accordance with the Forest Fire Regulations giving permission to carry out a logging or industrial operation during the Forest Fire Season on Crown or private land at a specified site.
Each year a specified period for the Forest Fire Season is declared by the minister. If conditions warrant, the season can be extended beyond the specified periods. During the Forest Fire Season a permit to burn must be obtained to ignite a fire on or within 300 meters of forest land.
A permit issued by the Department allowing a person or company to ship timber from the Province.
The Forestry Act requires all timber cut for commercial purposes, and all timber cut from Crown land with royalties owing, to be scaled (measured) by a licenced timber scaler. A Timber Scaling Licence issued under the Forestry Act gives a person the authority to measure timber.