Declaration of a Private Timber Reserve - Tasmania

Service summary

You will require this declaration if you are a private landowner and you intend to undertake forestry operations on part or all of your land. The reserve is attached to the title of the property in perpetuity unless revoked at the request of the owner or, in certain circumstances, by the Forest Practices Authority.

A Private Timber Reserve is legally recognised for wood production and must be restocked with trees following harvesting. The legislation provides for long-term forest management that is subject to a single, consistent, state-wide system of planning and regulation.

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

To be eligible for this declaration, you must:

  • Submit an approved form;
  • Describe the land seeking the declaration;
  • List persons who have a legal or equitable interest in the land; and
  • Pay the prescribed fee.

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


Ongoing until revoked by the landowner or Agency.



Other resources



Your application must be prepared by an accredited Forest Practices Officer. Please note, forest practices in private timber reserves do not require approval from Local Government.

Approval time

Generally there is a waiting period of two to three months for a decision following the submission of an application.

Administering agency

Department of State Growth
Transport, Regulatory and Customer Services

Act(s) name

Forest Practices Act 1985 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Forest Practices Regulations 2017 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Enquiries, Private Forests Tasmania
Department of State Growth
Transport, Regulatory and Customer Services

Operating address:
30 Patrick Street
Tasmania 7000


02 6165 4073

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