Permits & Licences

The Forestry Department issues a series of permits and licenses to the public to ensure that Jamaicans can enjoy the resources of the forests, while complying with the laws set out to protect our forest resources. With the exception of the sawmill license, these permits and licenses govern activity on Crown Lands and the timber and produce sourced from these lands.

Permits are issued for use of the forest road, to remove timber or forest produce, to use and/or transport a power saw, and to use or light an open fire or charcoal kiln.

The Forestry Department issues two licenses:

  1. to operate sawmills
  2. to cut/or extract timber or forest produce

The fee to apply for any permit or license is $250.  If you cut local timber for commercial use whether from Government lands, or your own property, you will need a sawmill license.  Also, if you are in the business of trading and storing local timber, you will require a sawmill license. 

Each sawmill license is issued for a calendar year, and costs $15,000. If you are interested in cutting timber from local forests, you will have to obtain a license to cut/or extract timber. The cost for this license is calculated based on the stumpage rate which is accessed for the lumber you are interested in.
Find out more about our standing timber product.



Frequently asked questions about our permits and licences

 

You will need to apply for a permit if you use the forest road to:

  • Remove timber or forest produce
  • Use and/or transport a power saw
  • Use or light an open fire or charcoal kiln

You will require a licence to operate sawmills and to cut/or extract timber or forest produce. If you cut local timber for commercial use whether from government lands, or your own property, you will need a sawmill licence. Also, if you are in the business of trading and storing local timber, you will require a sawmill licence.

The fee to apply for any permit or license is $250.

Each licence is issued for a calendar year.