Updates for November 2020
British Columbia Christmas Tree Permits
Members of the public are allowed to cut a
Christmas Tree on Crown land for their own use! But you must
obtain a "Free Use
Permit for a Christmas Tree" from each Natural Resource District where
they intend to cut, and it must be signed by the appropriate District Manager or
designate. There is no charge for the permit, but there are some
The permit holder must:
- Carry the permit at all times;
- Read and understand the
conditions of the permit prior to signing; and
- Produce the permit at the
request of a Natural Resource Officer, Conservation Officer or Peace
- and you cannot cut a Christmas tree from, private lands,
plantations, research areas, parks, areas adjacent to rivers, streams,
lakes or swamps, juvenile-spaced areas and any other areas reserved for
a special use.
Not all areas of the province have Christmas trees available for
district is operated differently so please contact the individual
districts where you plan on cutting for more information.
Permits Listed by
To determine which district you are interested in a permit
from, refer to the district/region map.
Permits Listed by District
If you need a district map, see the
BC district and region map below.
If you have a question or require further information, contact your
local natural resource district office.
Natural resource district contacts
- Leave home prepared--bring ropes, gloves, tools, tire chains, a
first aid kit, phone and warm clothing
- Drive carefully--be prepared for logging trucks (PDF)
- Make sure you have found the tree you will use before cutting to
avoid wasting forest resources, some permits specify only one tree can
- Do not leave a pointed stump as this may cause injury to livestock,
wildlife, pets or humans.
- Choose a tree that can be cut near the base and is easy to
transport, wasted tree remains left in the forest form a summer fire
- Clean up and remove all debris associated with your activity
For commercial Christmas tree farms see these pages: