In Alberta, if you want to cut firewood, a valid temporary timber permit is required for small-scale, non-commercial or personal use to access trees on Provincial Crown Land. This permit allows the holder the legal authority to harvest in designated areas.
Alberta Environments Sustainable Resource Development(ESRD) issues tree cutting permits to:
- Alberta residents over the age of 18
- residents of Alberta
- those in good standing with the Crown relating to timber, grazing and land use
The Alberta Provincial Government Reminds everyone that Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Trees Must Not Be Cut or Transported for Firewood!
There are two types of temporary permits that Alberta law requires for personal use
Pest control and forest sustainability are two of the main reasons for the licensing requirement of the Alberta Government
- Forest Product Tag (TM66) – The cost is $5.00 (plus GST) – valid for 30 days from the time of purchase. This Permit entitles individuals to remove one of the following – 3 Christmas trees under 2.5 meters in height OR 20 trees less than 2.5 metres in height for transplanting OR Up to 5 cubic metres of green volume (usually used for firewood). The number of trees cut depends on tree species and size. Trees and timber are to be cut from designated Crown Provincial Land only and the permit must be with you at all times while cutting or transporting.
- Local Timber Permit (LTP) – The cost is $21.00 (plus GST) – Expires annually on April 30. This permit requires an minimum security deposit of $1,000 is required in case of any site degradation. The deposit is refundable if no incidence of degradation occurs. The holder must also pre-pay timber dues and the reforestation levy on harvested volume as stipulated in the Timber Management Regulation. View the regulation here. After harvesting is completed, the permit must be returned to the issuing Sustainable Resource Development Office for the return of any prepaid timber dues, reforestation charges or deposits if the application is made within one year. This permit entitles individuals to remove up to 50 cubic metres of green volume for personal use, not resale. The number of trees cut depends on tree species and size
Alberta Provincial contact information
Please follow the link to the Alberta Government site for more information regarding permits for cutting firewood in Alberta.