Do Business and Get Permits
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 towers, mining, shellfish aquaculture, or marina, dock or pier access. Products cover timber, biomass, razor clams, geoducks, brush and salal, and others.
The department provides private entities with resources to help them incorporate resource stewardship as a part of their business practices.
- Purchase commercial forest tree seedlings through the Webster Forest Nursery.
- Access Small Forest Landowner Office resources such as the Family Forest Fish Passage Program, Forest Stewardship Program, Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program, and Riparian Easement Program.
- Use The Small Business Guide to find information about establishing, expanding and operating a small business in Washington state.
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 dredging, mooring buoys and mining reclamation activities.
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).
Those looking to explore for geothermal resources or oil and gas in Washington need authorization from the Washington Geological Survey.