Licence or Permit for Activities in State Forests - Victoria


You will need this approval to undertake commercial activities in a state forest (other than harvesting of timber and forest produce).

A licence or permit may be granted to set aside up to 1.25 hectares of land within a forest reserve to:

  • store / sell goods and liquid fuels
  • erect and operate ski lifts
  • provide accommodation or any other facility or service.

Approval is also required for the following commercial activities:

  • commercial filming or photography
  • distributing or posting advertising
  • conducting an organised entertainment, sporting or recreational function
  • holding a public meeting or similar event for profit
  • conducting a rally, festival, tour or fete for a profit.

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 approval, you must:

  • complete the prescribed application form
  • provide a full and detailed submission of your intended activities
  • be considered fit to hold the approval
  • be willing to abide by the planning and approval process
  • pay any required fees.


For the extent of the event or activity. No more than 20 years


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Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

No fee for an application for an event is required unless the event is run as a commercial event, or is considered to be an activity that would normally attract a fee if held elsewhere, such as a wedding venue.

Other activities will be assessed on their merits.


Act(s) name

Forests Act 1958 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Forests (Licences and Permits) Regulations 2019 Victoria

Forests (Recreation) Regulations 2010 Victoria

Lodgement process


Please submit your completed application and all accompanying documentation including activity details directly to the Agency for processing.

Approval time

Please allow at least 8 weeks for your permit application to be processed.

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Forests and Reserves

Contact details

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