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Collecting firewood

Collecting firewood for personal use is permitted in some forest areas managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). Most areas designated for firewood collection are restricted to State forest located in DBCA’s three forest regions, Swan (Perth Hills), South West and Warren.

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

  • Firewood can only be collected for personal use.
  • Only collect firewood from areas shown on maps provided by DBCA. Taking firewood from national parks, nature reserves and conservation parks is not allowed.
  • 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 damage nearby vegetation.
  • There is a limit to how much firewood can be removed, and when this can occur. Between 1 June to 30 September, a maximum of one tonne may be removed every 60 days. Between 1 October to 31 May, a maximum of one tonne can only be removed on any one occasion. As a guide, half a tonne equates to approximately 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 (EmergencyWA).
  • Firewood collection areas have been selected to provide access to a good supply of the resource. Even so, it is not possible to guarantee the quality or quantity of firewood.

Collecting firewood for personal use


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.

Collecting firewood in the Perth Hills

As firewood is limited supply closer to the metropolitan area, permission to collect firewood in the Perth Hills differs from other DBCA regions.

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

  • The 'Authority' includes a range of conditions under which you can collect firewood. These conditions are there to reduce the environmental impact of collecting firewood.
  • With the 'Authority', you will receive a receipt and a map or maps of designated firewood collection areas.
  • The ‘Authority’ must be used within four weeks of the expiry date—or by the end of the season if that is less than four weeks away.
  • pdfWhere to purchase firewood collection 'Authority' pdf148.93 KB

Firewood - Collection areas & Authority offices

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Gathering firewood. Photo – DBCA

For more information, 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

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

Collecting firewood in the south-west

You do not need a permit ('Authority') to collect firewood in the south-west. However, collecting firewood is only permitted in designated areas.

If the designated firewood collection area falls within a Disease Risk Area (DRA) an approval to enter DRA will be required. A DRA will be identified on your firewood collection area map. Your local DBCA office will be able to issue approval to enter a DRA. This approval includes ‘conditions of entry’ which must be followed.

For more information, please contact your local district office:

Firewood collection area sign
Photo: Firewood Collection Areas sign

South West Region

  • Blackwood District Office
    14 Queen Street BUSSELTON 6280
    Phone (08) 9752 5555 Fax (08) 9752 1432
  • Wellington District Office
    147 Wittenoom Street COLLIE
    PO Box 809 COLLIE 6225
    Phone (08) 9735 1988 Fax (08) 9734 4539

Warren Region

  • 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

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Firewood collection areas - south-west