Individuals can apply for a free Forest Resources Permit to cut firewood (also known as "fuel wood") for personal use such as heating your home. Upon approval, you can cut up to 25m3 (11 cords).
You must have your permit on you when you are cutting. Ensure you understand all of the terms and conditions of your permit. Cutting without a permit can result in fines, confiscation of the wood and other charges.
Apply in person
Apply at your local Compliance Monitoring and Inspections office.
Apply for the Whitehorse fuel abatement pilot project
We are working with the City of Whitehorse on a pilot project to lessen the fire hazard within the city. This pilot project will run for 1 year.
You can apply for a permit to harvest up to 25 cubic metres (11 cords) of dead or live firewood for personal use. We are issuing 30 permits for a total of 750 cubic metres (330 cords) of firewood.
You can harvest living trees up to diameter of 30 centimetres. Diameter is measured 1.37 metres (4.5 feet) above the ground.
If you harvest living trees, you will need to dry your wood before burning it.
Where else can I cut my firewood?
You can only cut firewood in designated areas. There are several ways you can find approved areas:
Download maps below:
- Beaver Creek
- Fox Lake
- Haines Junction
- Ross River
- Stewart Crossing
- Watson Lake
- Whitehorse East
- Whitehorse West
Contact Compliance Monitoring and Inspections about designated harvest areas.
Cutting outside designated harvest areas
You can also request an area of vacant public land to cut on, but we must approve its suitability before cutting. Contact Compliance Monitoring and Inspections for more information.
Cutting within municipalities
Some municipalities allow harvesting within their limits. You still need a permit and can only cut within designated areas. You may also be subject to additional bylaws, regulations and responsibilities. Your local Compliance Monitoring and Inspections office can provide further information.
Cutting over 25 m3 (11 cords) a year
Speak to a Compliance Monitoring and Inspections representative about your options. You will need an additional permit and you will have to pay stumpage and fees on wood above 25 m3 (11 cords).
Do you want to sell the firewood you cut?
You will need to apply for a commercial Fuel Wood Licence.