This licence allows you to harvest particular species of protected plants for cut flowers and foliage for commercial purposes from naturally occurring stands on property you own.
Plants you can pick
A wild harvester licence allows you to pick plant species from Groups 1, 2 and 3 listed in Part 1 of Schedule 6.
This licence does not allow you to pick species listed in Group 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 or threatened species listed under Schedules 1 or 2 of the BC Act.
As a wild harvester licence holder, you must establish monitoring plots to help you monitor harvest sustainability and provide harvest data to your local NPWS area office. Monitoring of species in all groups is required and may be done through the provision of accurate geographical coordinates or establishment of a fixed photographic monitoring point.
NPWS tags are required for Group 3 species.
Find out more about tagging and how to apply for NPWS tags.
You will need to complete a Harvest Return Sheet (DOC 40KB) with information for each day of harvesting. This must include:
- date and site of the harvest
- number of plant parts harvested
- tag numbers allocated to plants from the site (if applicable)
- other relevant comments, including product-specific requirements.
Harvest return sheets must be made available for inspection on request and must be submitted annuallyin an electronic format. No new licences will be granted until all harvest returns are submitted.
Licences include binding conditions; it’s important you understand and meet the Wild Harvester (Cut Flower) Licence Conditions (PDF 37KB)
Licence cost and duration
- $75 for 1 year, including site inspection
- $50 for renewal, including site inspection
- $30 for renewal, site inspection not required.
To apply for a wild harvester licence, download and fill out the Wild Harvester (Cut Flower) Licence Application Form (DOC 66KB)
Applications will be subject to site inspections to verify the availability of species.
Find your local NPWS area office to submit an application or obtain further advice.
Please allow enough time for your application to be assessed. You will be contacted if further information is needed to complete the assessment.
Harvesting species in Groups 1 and 2 will continue to be permitted in state forests under a forest products licence granted by the Forestry Corporation of NSW, but a BC Act licence is not required.