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Gathering firewood

To find out about collecting firewood in your area select a region from the index on the left.  

  • Only take fallen timber. You cannot cut down any standing tree, either dead or alive, or cut or break off any part of a standing tree for firewood. Felling trees can also damage adjacent vegetation.
  • Only collect firewood from areas shown on the maps provided.
  • A maximum of one tonne every 60 days may be removed between June 1st and 30th September (half a tonne approximately equates to a 6 x 4 trailer loaded 30cm deep).
  • Chainsaws must not be used on days of total fire ban or Very High, Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger.
  • Firewood can only be collected for private use. Selling firewood is not permitted.

Use the map below to view firewood collection locations, and offices where authority to collect may be purchased.
Note: Collection markers are indicators only, please refer to pdf maps (select locations on the map) for specific details.


Purchasing firewood

Commercial firewood operations are managed through contracts administered by the Forest Products Commission. 

Information on where to purchase firewood sourced from sustainably managed, approved forest harvest operations and approved local firewood suppliers is on the Forest Products Commission website.

Gathering domestic firewood in the Perth Hills

Between 1 June and 30 September you are only permitted to collect one load in any 60 day period.

You need to have a permit ('Authority') to gather firewood in the Perth Hills.
The Authority is valid for one visit only.

  • When purchasing the 'Authority', you will be asked to read and sign pdfthe conditions on both sides of the form20.2 KB.
  • These conditions are there to reduce the environmental impact of collecting firewood.
  • By signing, you are saying you understand and will abide by the conditions.
  • With the 'Authority', you will receive a receipt and a map of the area.
  • Failure to comply with the conditions may result in prosecution and penalties apply. Collectors without an 'Authority' and properly issued map may also be prosecuted.
  • Permits must be used within Four weeks of the expiry date—or by the end of the season if that is less then four weeks away.
  • pdfList of offices where 'Authority' can be purchased132.61 KB
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Gathering firewood. - Photo – DBCA

For further information about gathering domestic firewood in the Perth Hills, please contact the district offices listed below.

  • Perth Hills District
    275 Allen Road MUNDARING 6073
    Phone (08) 9290 6100  I  Fax (08) 9290 6101
    Open 8.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)
  • Dwellingup work centre
    Banksiadale Road DWELLINGUP 6213
    Phone (08) 9538 0000 I  Fax (08) 9538 1203
    Open 8.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

The fee is:

  • Summer season (1 November to 30 April) - $11.00
  • Winter season (1 May to 31 October) - $22.00 
    (Note: 1 June to 30 September only one load permitted in any 60 day period)

The following maps are provided as an indication of public firewood collection areas only.

Perth Hills firewood collection areas:

Summer 2019-20

Gathering domestic firewood in the south-west

You do not need a permit ('Authority') to gather firewood in the south-west.

For further information, please contact your local district office:

  • Busselton – Blackwood District Office
    14 Queen Street BUSSELTON 6280
    Phone (08) 9752 5555 Fax (08) 9752 1432
  • Collie – Wellington District Office
    147 Wittenoom Street COLLIE
    PO Box 809 COLLIE 6225
    Phone (08) 9735 1988 Fax (08) 9734 4539
  • Donnelly District Office
    Kennedy Street PEMBERTON
    PO Box 20 PEMBERTON 6260
    Phone (08) 9776 1207 Fax (08) 9776 1410
  • Frankland District Office
    South Coast Highway WALPOLE 6398
    Phone (08) 9840 0400 Fax (08) 9840 1251
Firewood collection area sign
Photo: Firewood Collection Areas sign

Collection areas

The following maps are provided as an indication of public firewood collection areas only.

Blackwood District firewood collection areas

Wellington District firewood collection areas

 For more information or locations regarding collecting firewood within the Wellington District area, view the timber supplier database.

Donnelly District firewood collection areas

Frankland District firewood collection areas