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Permit to collect firewood from roadsides

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

During a declared fire danger period, firewood collection from roadsides is not permitted. The CFA has announced that the fire danger period for Mitchell Shire Council will begin on 13 December 2021.

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.

Collection areas

To find an approved collection area near you, use our interactive Pozi map. Roadside firewood collection can be found under the administrative heading.

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.

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

More information

This page was last updated on 17 December 2021.