British Columbia

Christmas tree cutting permits now available for the holiday season

One month and one day before Christmas, the B.C. government has made permits to cut down Christmas trees on Crown land available to the public.

Except for Chilliwack and southern Vancouver Island, people can cut trees on Crown land for free

Christmas trees can be cut down by the public on Crown land in most of British Columbia, but specific regulations vary from region to region. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)

One month and one day before Christmas, the B.C. government has made permits to cut down Christmas trees on Crown land available to the public.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has a dedicated website, with links to the phone numbers and addresses of district offices where permits can be picked up. In addition, some districts allow permits to be printed online.

There is no charge for cutting down a Christmas tree on Crown land in authorized areas for personal use, but permits are not given out in the Chilliwack and South Island districts because of high demand.

Some areas of the province allow multiple trees to be cut down, while others only allow one tree per family, and regulations as to where exactly trees can be cut down vary from district to district. Check your region's website for specifics. 

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