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Protecting our natural environment

Permit to collect firewood from roadsides

Dead wood can be habitat for wildlife. It is illegal to remove dead trees, logs and branches from bushland reserves and roadsides without permission from Council.

Apply for a permit to collect firewood on Council land

To apply for a permit to collect firewood from Council roadsides:

  • fill out the 2021 permit application for firewood collection form — download below
  • provide a public liability insurance certificate to Council
  • 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 permit conditions that must be adhered to — see Permit Application for Firewood Collection Form below.

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 24 June 2021.