Permit to collect firewood from roadsides
Firewood collection from roadsides is not permitted during a declared fire danger period. Mitchell Shire Council is not currently in a Fire Danger Period.
Dead wood can be a habitat for wildlife. It is illegal to remove dead trees, logs and branches from bushland reserves and roadsides without permission from Council.
Collecting firewood in a fire danger period
Firewood collection from roadsides is not permitted during a declared fire danger period. The CFA announces the fire danger period annually, usually in October/November. Mitchell Shire Council is not currently in a Fire Danger Period.
Apply for a permit to collect firewood on Council land
To apply for a permit to collect firewood from Council roadsides:
- fill out the permit application for firewood collection (download below)
- provide evidence of public liability insurance to Council (a certificate of currency for your Household Contents insurance will suffice)
- select the towns around which you intend to collect firewood
- take your documents to any of our Customer and Library Service Centres and pay the fee
There are terms and conditions listed within the application form that must be adhered to.
Council collection areas
To find an approved collection area near you, use our interactive ArcOnline map.
Collecting wood in state forests
You can collect firewood for domestic use in state forests and those parks where collection is allowed — in specific areas and at certain times of the year. Limits apply, see the Forest Fire Management Victoria website for more details on firewood collection in your area.
State forest collection seasons
These state-wide collection seasons are subject to weather conditions and supply:
- Autumn: 1 March to 30 June
- Spring: 1 September to 30 November
This page was last updated on 8 September 2022.