Get a commercial harvest licence for firewood or timber

Eligibility

  • You must have a registered business to harvest firewood and timber commercially. Ensure you have a valid Yukon business registration number or proof of exemption.
  • Your business must be in good financial standing with the forest management branch.
  • The area you are harvesting must in an approved Timber Harvest Plan. Contact the Forest Management branch to review current or new Timber Harvest Plans:
    • In person: Mile 918.07 Alaska Highway, Whitehorse, Yukon. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Email: forestry@gov.yk.ca
    • Phone: 867-456-3999 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 3999

Apply for a commercial harvest licence for firewood or timber

Make sure you have a fuel wood licence or a timber resource licence and a cutting permit. Your cutting permit includes the applicable stumpage fees.

  1. Complete the application.
    You can also pick up a form at any of our Compliance Monitoring and Inspections offices.
  2. Submit your completed application.
    In person: At your local Compliance Monitoring and Inspections office. There will be a non-refundable application fee ranging from $10 to $100 depending on the volume of wood being applied for.

Application timeline

Every licence application is subject to a minimum 30-day public notification period. During this time, anyone interested can submit comments relevant to your application. Other factors that might affect the application timeline include:

  • the availability of wood;
  • the time needed to develop a new Timber Harvest Plan;
  • the applicable environmental assessment (i.e. YESAA); and
  • your own business’ eligibility.

After submitting your application, you will receive a letter outlining timelines specific to your application.

Contact: 

For questions about applying for a commercial harvest licence for firewood or timber email forestry@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-456-3999 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 3999. You can also speak to a forester or natural resources officer.