Do Business and Get Permits
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The Department of Natural Resources works to support thiving and sustainable economic opportunities throughout the state of Washington.

Do you need a burn permit?

The Department of Natural Resources regulates outdoor burning on all forestlands where DNR provides wildfire protection. See Outdoor Burning Permits.

Bid on a project

The Department of Natural Resources contracts with the private sector to meet various specialized needs. Common business opportunities include tree planting, tree thinning, providing fire suppression equipment, providing land appraisals, and removing sunken vessels. Check our sole source and emergency contracts and the Department of Enterprise Services web pages for opportunities.

Become a partner

To generate revenue for public services and restoration efforts DNR leases land and sells natural resource products. Lease opportunities include agriculture and grazing, energy, communications towersmining, shellfish aquaculture, or marina, dock or pier access. Products cover timber, biomass, razor clams, geoducksbrush and salal, and others.

Find resources

The department provides private entities with resources to help them incorporate resource stewardship as a part of their business practices.

Get a permit or license

DNR grants burn permits, when burning on forestlands protected by DNR is appropriate, and permits for harvesting timber, building bridges or roads, and other forest activities as applicants are able to meet necessary requirements. When small forest landowners aren't able to meet these requirements at a spacific site they may apply from an alternate plan permit, which allows for more flexibility. Very limited firewood gathering permits are also available to the public. DNR also grants rights-of-way authorizations for a fee and provides oversight of dredgingmooring buoys and mining reclamation activities.

Find guidance

DNR protects the State's natural resources by providing processes, rules, and guidance for timber harvests and other forest activities and through its compliance with the State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA).

Get Authorized

Those looking to explore for geothermal resources or oil and gas in Washington need authorization from DNR’s Division of Geology and Earth Resources.