To help keep New Hampshire’s forests healthy and safe, permits are required for a variety of circumstances.

outdoor fire burning

Outdoor Fire Permits

Anyone wishing to have an outdoor fire in New Hampshire must obtain a state fire permit in advance from the local fire department, on days when Daily Fire Danger conditions indicate that it is safe to burn.

Learn more about Fire Permits 

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Sawmill Registration

Primary wood processing mills and wood concentration yards are required to register with the Division of Forests & Lands.

Download the Sawmill Registration Form  

tree forest

Basal Area Variance Request

Loggers, foresters or landowners who wish to harvest in excess of 50 percent of the basal area on a property must request to do so in advance.

Download the Basal Area Variance Request Form  

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Ribes Permit

In order to lessen the impact of White Pine Blister Rust disease in New Hampshire, the Division of Forests & Lands, working with the Department of Agriculture, Markets & Foods, has removed all immune black currant species from the list of approved plantings.

Anyone wishing to plant approved the following species must submit a Ribes Permit in advance.

  • Black Currants: Crandall and Willoughby varieties
  • Red Currants: Rondom variety
  • White Currants: White Currant 1301 variety
  • Gooseberry and Gooseberry Crosses: Jostaberry, Jahns Prairie, Captivator, Careless, Clark, Crown Bob, Downing, Howards Lancer and Sabine varieties

Download the Ribes Permit  

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Permit to Float Timber on Surface Waters

An owner or person in charge of the logs or timber regulated under the provisions of this chapter shall apply for a permit prior to commencing floating timber on the surface water of the state. Notwithstanding any law or rule to the contrary, the authority to regulate and permit floating timber shall be exclusively established with the Division of Forests and Lands, Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Download the Permit to Float Timber on Surface Waters Form