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How to apply for a Forest harvest permit

This service is for individuals seeking to harvest or cut trees on private lands. Both landowners and forest buyers can apply for this service. The applicant will get a certificate/permit that allows him/her to harvest. The service is provided by the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC).

The processing time is 30 days, and the service is free of charge.


Before you begin the application process, ensure that you have the following:

  • Applicants must have an IremboGov account or visit an Irembo agent to apply for this service.

  • Click here to learn how to create an account.

  • A valid Rwandan National ID or Passport (for foreigners).

  • Applicants should have a valid phone number and email address.

Required attachments (1)

  • Notified tree purchase agreement.

Follow the following steps to apply for a Forest harvest permit:

1. Visit the Irembo website at and log in to the account. Under “Infrastructure and Environment,"  click "Forest harvest permit."

2. Read the service description carefully and click "Apply" to start the application process.

3. Fill in the applicant’s details, such as the applicant's citizenship phone number and the location.

4. Enter the forest details, types of trees, reason for the request, and other relevant information about the forest and Click Next.

5. Verify that the information is true, enter a phone number and/or email address, check the verification box, and click Submit. 

6. An application number (B2…...) to track your application status.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation SMS and/or email. After the processing officer approves your application, you will receive a notification that your application is approved, and you can download your certificate on IremboGov. 

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