Permit to occupy land in state forest - Queensland


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 area
  • 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).

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


Up to 10 years for private use and up to 20 years for public infrastructure.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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You can find the current fees here.


Application process


How to complete your application:

  • Complete your permit application using Online Services.
  • Choose your authority type or choose the existing authority to action. This will dynamically change the questions in your application about your proposed authority.
  • Provide your:
    • applicant details, including an email address
    • details about the activities you plan to conduct, including attachments of supporting information such as maps and photographs (if available).
  • Include:
    • a detailed outline of all intended activities within the state forest or timber reserve and describe the site within that area where you wish to conduct activities
    • an environment management plan
    • a survey plan, authority plan or A4 map.
  • Ensure that you have appropriate insurance, where required, according to departmental policy prior to commencing the authorised activity.
  • Pay the relevant application and permit fees.
  • Submit your application via Online Services for assessment.

Transfer process


This permit can be transferred with the consent of the Chief Executive.

Approval time

40 days minimum

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.