Licenses and Permits
Licenses and permits are generally required for commercial activities in Victoria's State forests, such as eucalyptus oil and seed, and the hosting of events and tours. However permits are also required for some non-commercial activities. Common activities are outlined below.
Commercial beekeeping (also known as apiculture) on public land is a licensed activity, controlled by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) under a range of Acts including the Land Act 1958, the National Parks Act 1975 and the Forests Act 1958. For further information visit beekeeping on public land.
Forest products may be removed from State forests under a Forest Produce Licence. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries is responsible for licensing non timber forest products. Examples of non timber products licenced by DEPI include:
- extractive materials such as gravel and sand
- eucalyptus oil
- seed capsules and pods
Commercial timber products within State forests can only be removed by a person with a Timber Harvesting Operator’s Licence in accordance with a relevant Forest Produce Licence. For information about licenses for timber products and Timber Harvesting Operator’s Licenses please visit the Department of Primary Industries website.
Permits are no longer required for firewood collection for personal use. For further information visit Firewood collection on public land.
Recreational pursuits and club activities are generally permitted in State forest, including mountain bike riding, horse riding, scout events, weddings, social club outings, orienteering and fossicking. However, special conditions may apply in some zones and permits are required for club and large scale events (generally greater than 25 people).
Tour operators offering outdoor travel adventure or educational tours on public land areas in Victoria on a commercial basis must hold a current permit.
A forests research permit is required for any research in State forests in Victoria
Further information on all of the above can be obtained by visiting your local DEPI office or by contacting DEPI’s Customer Service Centre on 136 186.