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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 stipulations:.

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 Officer. 
  • 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 harvest. Each district is operated differently so please contact the individual districts where you plan on cutting for more information.

Permits Listed by District

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.


British Columbia District and regions Map


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 be cut.
  • 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 hazard.
  • Clean up and remove all debris associated with your activity


For commercial Christmas tree farms see these pages:


British Columbia Regional Districts Map