Permit to occupy land in state forest - Queensland

Service summary

Occupation permits allow for the occupation of land in any state forest for a fixed term. These permits are granted under section 35(1)(a) of the Forestry Act 1959 by the chief executive of the Department.

Uses under occupation permits

Occupation permits will only be granted if the chief executive is satisfied that the proposed use of the land meets the requirements of the relevant legislation and policy.
Occupation permits for state forests in Queensland may be granted for a variety of purposes, including:

  • dams
  • pipelines
  • water storage areas
  • pump sites
  • communications facilities, and
  • other purposes (including coal seam gas activities).

We will assess applications for occupation permits to confirm that the proposed use is appropriate to the site.

State forests

An occupation permit will typically not be granted over state forest land if the proposed use:

  • is inconsistent with the management principles for the reserve
  • would endanger or destroy any special values attached to the land
  • would have an adverse impact, directly or indirectly, on Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) management or the rights of other lawful users of the area (including native title rights and interests).

Service type


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


An occupation permit can be offered for a term fixed by the chief executive.


Different fees apply for different uses authorised under occupation permits. More information regarding fees can be found on the department's website.


Before you apply

If you are considering applying for an occupation permit contact your local Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) regional office to discuss your proposed activity before making a formal application.

 Applying for a permit

Formal applications can be made by submitting an Application for occupation permit within state forest form, along with your supporting information.

Transfer details

This permit cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Assessment and Approvals

Act(s) name

Forestry Act 1959 (Queensland)

Recreation Areas Management Act 2006 (Queensland)

Land Act 1994 (Queensland)

Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Assessment and Approvals

Mailing address:
PO Box 15187


13 QGOV or 137468


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