At the start of 2015, the Agency introduced sawmill licences as it moved to improve monitoring and regulation of activities in the local timber industry.
Many of you might have heard about the Agency's Sawmill Licensing Programme, but do you know what it is, who needs a licence and how to get a licence?
Here are some quick facts about the Sawmill licensing programme, which is overseen by the Agency's Legal and Enforcement Division.
Sawmilling activities include any or all of the following:
2. Why should eligible persons get a sawmill licence?
Since January 1, 2015, persons found operating a sawmill without a licence, are liable for prosecution. Offenders could be fined up to $50,000 and in default of payment spend up to a year in prison for operating without a licence.
3. What does each application and licence cover?
Each application and licence covers up to a maximum of: ·
4. What is the process to acquire a sawmill licence?
If you know anyone who should apply for a sawmill licence, we urge you to encourage them to contact the Forestry Department to start the process.