Forestry Plantation Authorisation - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this authorisation if you intend to operate a forestry plantation with an area greater than 30 hectares. There are two classes of plantations that require authorisation:

  • timber plantations (commercial species for harvest)
  • plantations other than timber plantations (for the protection of the environment by reducing salinity, or carbon sequestration / trading).

Please be aware that the establishment, management and any harvesting operations on authorised plantations must comply with the plantations code (found on the Agency website). If your plantation is likely to have an impact on unique or special wildlife (flora or fauna) you will need to notify the authority.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Applications can be made by the owner of the plantation or by any other person with the consent of the owner. The application must:

  • be in the appropriate form
  • be accompanied by the application fee
  • be accompanied be information requested by the Agency
  • provide a map (or similar) that identifies the area or areas of land comprising the plantation or proposed plantation
  • state the class of plantation for which authorisation is sought.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


The authorisation of a plantation remains in force unless it is cancelled.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Forestry Plantation Authorisation - Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for a copy of this document



Contact a plantation officer listed on the attached document for advice on your proposal.

Approval time

Approval time will vary depending on the type of plantation.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
NSW Agriculture

Act(s) name

Plantations and Reafforestation Act 1999 (New South Wales)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
NSW Agriculture

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 21
New South Wales 2800

Toll Free:

1800 808 095


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