the following permits should be submitted at a FrontCounter BC
Free Use Permits -
FUP; License to Cut -
LTC; Danger Trees -
Section 52 Authorisations, Occupant Licence to
Cut - OLTC for under 1000 m3; Small Scale
Salvage - SSS: Conventional Salvage and FLTC
for up to 50m3, Damaged Timber;
Applications for the
following permits should be submitted at the
South Island Natural Resource District Office -
Special Use Permits -
Scale Salvage: Conventional Salvage-FLTC for over
>50m3; SSS-Professional Salvage Applications
up to 2000m3,
Shake/Shingle; Decked Forest Licence Sales -
DFLS- auctions; Occupant Licence to
Cut - OLTC for over
>1000 m3; Marine Salvage -
A Special Use Permit - SUP gives non-exclusive authority to a
company or an individual to occupy and use an area of Crown Land,
within the Provincial Forest, when they have demonstrated to the
District Manager that the intended use is in accordance with
the Provincial Forest Use Regulation and related legislation. Annual
rent is payable on SUP. Applicants must ensure that they had
received their SUP documents before proceeding with operations.
A licence to cut - LTC authorizes a company or an individual to cut and
deck / remove timber from land that they occupy or own, where they
otherwise do not have the right to harvest Crown timber.
The following licences to cut are available:
Forestry Licence to Cut - FLTC -
Section 47.6 of the Forest Act. These licences are
issued for salvage of dead and down post harvest material and blow
down. Standing timber in imminent danger of being lost to blow down,
Occupant Licence to Cut - OLTC -
Section 47.4 of the Forest Act. These licences are
issued to applicants who have a legal right of occupation over an
area and want to cut down trees. The legal right of occupation can
come in form of a Land Act Permit, Special Use Permit, Highway's
Permit, Road Use Permit, etc. OLTC normally involves standing
timber, however it could be for dead and down. The OLTC authorizes the
person to cut Crown timber on the land, remove Crown timber from the
land or do both: OLTC/With Rights & OLTC/Without Rights to remove Crown timber.
wish to apply for an OLTC over >1000 m3
volume: you can apply at the
SINRD office in Port Alberni.
clients and the public: 250- 731-3006 Electronic
submissions should be sent to:
FTA.DSI@gov.bc.ca Inbox In
off your application or mail it to the
SINRD office in Port Alberni
address: 4885 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni, BC,
V9Y 8E9 Fill out the
print it and submit it; or download a copy of the
form, print it and fill it out by hand. Attach the
required location map, and photographs.
Please note that a holders of OLTCs are not
required to prepare Forest Stewardship Plans (FSPS), but must follow
the practices requirements specified in part 4 of the FPPR unless
FRPA General Bulletin #16 describes the application of FRPA with
respect Occupant licences to Cut (OLTC).
Small Scale Salvage is defined as harvesting and utilizing small
volumes of timber that are dead and/or in danger as a result of an
insect infestation, fire, disease or windthrow of being
significantly reduced in value, lost or destroyed and would
otherwise not be harvested.
A Conventional Forestry Licence to Cut - FLTC, can be used in
most cases for salvaging
volumes less than <50 m3. Exemptions for larger then the >50 m3
volume limit can be made on case by case base. This licence is generally utilized to
salvage post harvest materials (i.e. debris piles / roadside) for
commercial firewood purposes.
Professional Forestry Licence to Cuts - FLTC, are required for all sawlog salvage and special forest products with volumes between 50 m3 and 2000 m3. Under the professional application process, an individual will enlist the assistance of a qualified forest professional to help prepare the application and certify the results will be consistent with the forest management objectives for the area.
Firewood for Personal-use: if you are interested in cutting firewood for
personal use, please visit our district
Firewood for personal-use web page.
This page has more details on how
to apply, where and what can be cut, how much, and
how long a permit is valid. Any firewood cut under a
Firewood permit is for personal use only and
be sold. For requirements for
transporting firewood please contact the
SINRD Scale supervisor.
Commercial Firewood: if however you are interested in
cutting firewood and selling it,
you will need to apply for a Small Scale Salvage
permit as explained above in the Conventional and
Salvage Applications above.
District Guidance Document list the requirements to sell firewood. Please note that this documents is for
guidance only and you will need to contact the
appropriate agencies listed in order to obtain
All firewood is subject to
Timber Marking and Transportation Regulations:
Operations such as clearing for roads, hydro right of ways or other
operations on crown land may result in timber being cut and decked
that must be disposed of by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and
Natural Resource Operations. These
decks of timber are sold through a competitive tender sale. For more
information on decked timber sales look at the links below:
South Island New Sales Site Click on link to see
available sales. Please note: that this sites are
updated periodically when a new sales are available. New
sales are listed in individual folders under the above
link. Each sale folder contains the tender information,
license documents, maps, and pictures (if available)
First Nations can request a Free Use Permit for the purpose of
harvesting trees from crown land for traditional and cultural
activity as defined in
Sec. 1, Free Use Permit Regulation of the Forest Act.
East Coast of Vancouver Island:This covers the area from Otter Point to Cape Caution. In
order to conduct marine salvage a
Log Salvage Permit must be
obtained at a cost of $250.00/year, and you must dispose of your
logs through a licensee for a log salvage receiving station within
the Vancouver Log Salvage District (see attached documents)
West Coast of Vancouver Island:
all areas on the West Coast between Cape Caution and Otter Point.A beachcomb scale site (no charge) must be obtained from the
South Island District Scaling Office, the timber must be scaled by
an official licenced scaler and corresponding stumpage must be paid.
Important Note:If the timber bears a timber mark, scaled timber brand, or
log tag, the log belongs to the mark holder or the company name on
the log tag.The owner
of the timber must be contacted.
Rootbuck. Logs cannot be
bucked without approval.
Rootwads must remain attached until approval is granted.Along with the completed
Application to Buck Salvaged Timber
applications should also include detailed maps as well as
photographs of the logs which require bucking.
The South Island Natural
Resource District Office (SINRD) is implementing a digital signing
process for licences that require a witnessed signature on their
permit documents.We would like to encourage our clients to participate in this
In order to accept digitally
signed documents from our clients and to comply with
the requirement of the
witnessed signatures, our office has started a digital signatures
registry for our staff and clients. The key to this initiative is a
pre-witnessed, pre-signed registry form.
It is not mandatory to
register, however, considering the advantages and the time saving
for our clients and the licencing process, we strongly encourage our
clients to give it consideration.
iMapBC, link to, link to the public version of a mapping
application a window to natural resource information
in British Columbia. You can use this mapping site to create
quality maps for your SSS or Minor Tenures
Ministry of Forests, Lands and
Natural Resource Operations
South Island Natural Resource District
4885 Cherry Creek Road,
Port Alberni, B.C., V9Y 8E9
Phone: (250) 731-3000
Fax: (250) 731-3010
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource
Operations - FLNRO
South Island Natural Resource District -
4885 Cherry Creek Road,
Port Alberni, B.C., V9Y 8E9
Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 4:30pm (Monday to Friday)
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