You will need an occupation permit if you intend to occupy any state forest, timber reserve or forest reserve for a particular purpose, including:
- water infrastructure, such as pipelines, artificial waters, water storage areas and dams
- educational and scientific facilities
- public infrastructure
- recreational facilities
- communication facilities
- other purposes (including coal seam gas activities).
Applications for occupation permits will only be granted if agency is satisfied that the proposed use of land is appropriate to the site and satisfies the objectives of the relevant legislation and policy.
An occupation permit will typically not be granted for state forest, timber reserve or forest reserve 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 agency management or the rights of other lawful users of the area (including native title rights and interests).