Firewood collection

Overview

Some restrictions mayapply and permits may be required for for collecting firewood, depending on the type of land.

Public land

The State Government has announced changes to the collection of firewood on public land. The changes are intended to make firewood collection from public land more affordable and straightforward for the community.

Permits

From 1 September 2011, a permit is no longer required to collect firewood for personal use from public land in State forests and parks within designated fire collection areas.

Collection areas, rules and seasons

For more information, contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186 or see:  Firewood collection in your region

Municipal roadside collection

The collection of firewood from municipal roadsides is generally not approved due to environmental values and road safety concerns. Adequate firewood supplies can be safely obtained from State Forests or from commercial firewood suppliers. However, firewood may be collected in the event of storm damage or wildfire. In this instance, a permit to collect firewood from a Municipal roadside should be obtained.

Municipal roadside collection of firewood in state forests is only allowed in a designated firewood collection area.

Public land under local government management

A firewood collection permit is required for the collection of firewood from public land (crown land) under the management of local government.

For more information, see Local Laws Permit Application.

Local Laws permit application

Applicants should submit a letter to the Local Laws Unit providing the following details:

  • Applicant contact details (postal address and phone number)
  • Proposed location of firewood collection
  • Whether firewood collection is for domestic or commercial purposes.
  • Estimated volume of firewood
  • Date and time of proposed firewood collection
  • Public liability insurance certificate of currency ($10,000,000)
  • Traffic Management Plan to the Australian Standard

Applications should be addressed to:

Firewood Collection Permit
Local Laws unit
PO Box 151, Kyneton VIC 3444

Applications can also be submitted in person at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Kyneton, Gisborne, Romsey and Woodend.

A Local Law No. 10 General Permit (available in Word(DOCX, 187KB) or PDF(PDF, 187KB)) is required.  A $140 application fee is applicable and is non-refundable for unsuccessful applications.

Privately owned land

Fallen timber can be collected from private land without a permit if permission is obtained from the landowner. Large standing dead trees with a diameter greater than 40cm require a planning permit for clearing.

Illegal collection

Illegal firewood collection on roadsides should be reported to Council's Local Laws unit on (03) 5422 0333 or the Department of Sustainability and Environment on (03) 5348 2211.

Further information relating to the collection of firewood can be obtained by calling the Department of Environment and Primary Industries on 136 186 or contact us on (03) 5422 0333.