Free Use Permits

Free Use Permits allows applicants to harvest timber for firewood, fencing, building, or for other domestic purposes.

Application Process:

  • Inquiry is made to the appropriate BLM field office.
  • Determine if suitable timber is available in desired location.
  • Specify if permit is for personal use, commercial, profit or resale.
  • Application submitted, evaluated; field work and reports done.
  • Free use permit issued.

Processing Time:
10 - 30 days depending on complexity (commercial, personal or non-profit).

Form 5510-1 Free Use Application and Permit.


Special Considerations:

  • Timber harvested under a "free use" permit may not be sold, bartered, traded, or exported from the state.
  • The availability of "free use" timber depends on the age and condition of the timber, land status, public demand, and other land use considerations.

Appeal Rights:
If the application is denied, the applicant has the right to appeal the decision to the Interior Board of Land Appeals.

If the applicant(s) secure permits by fraud or does not use the timber as intended, the government will enforce the same civil and criminal liabilities as in other cases of timber trespass on public lands.