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:
- 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.
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).