Backyard Burning and Keeping Warm in Winter

Outside the fire danger season (1st May to 31st October) burning in the open, both inside and outside townships is only permitted under certain conditions.

BURNING REQUIREMENTS IN A TOWNSHIP (Properties that are urban rated)

The table below refers to burning in the open outside the designated Fire Danger Season. Burning must be in accordance with CFS codes of practice for Broad Acre Burning and Vegetation Pile Burning  (Give your neighbours as much notice of your proposed burn as possible).

Burning Activity

Conditions/Requirements

​Fire for the preparation of food and beverages (i.e. BBQ, Pizza Oven, Weber BBQ Kettle, camp oven).

No permit or permission required.

Fuel is charcoal, dry wood, or other dry plant material.

​Use of a brazier, chiminea or a fire pit for outdoor domestic heating.

No permit or permission required.

Fuel is restricted to charcoal only.

​Campfire in the course of camping, scouting or a similar outdoor recreational activity that is not being used for preparation of food.

Requires Council approval by permit.

​Burning agricultural or forestry waste  including incinerators.

(i.e. vegetation  pile burning in yard, not including plastic, wooden pallets or cardboard boxes, treated timber or tyres. All materials should be dead and completely dry).

No permit or permission required Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

​Burning for bushfire hazard reduction waste  including incinerators.

(i.e. vegetation  pile burning in yard, not including plastic, wooden pallets or cardboard boxes, treated timber or tyres. All materials should be dead and completely dry).

​No permit or permission required Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Vegetation Pile Burning(575 kb)

BURNING REQUIREMENTS OUTSIDE OF TOWNSHIPS  (Properties that are rural rated)


The table below refers to burning in the open outside the designated Fire Danger Season. Burning must be in accordance with CFS codes of practice for Broad Acre Burning and Vegetation Pile Burning.

Burning Activity

Conditions/Requirements

​Fire for the preparation of food and beverages (i.e. BBQ, Pizza Oven, Weber BBQ Kettle, camp oven).

No permit or permission required.

Fuel is charcoal, dry wood, or other dry plant material.

​Use of a brazier, chiminea or a fire pit for outdoor domestic heating.

No permit or permission required.

Charcoal, dry timber or other plant matter.

​Campfire in the course of camping, scouting or a similar outdoor recreational activity.

No permit or permission required.

​Burning agricultural or forestry waste.

No permit or permission required.

​Burning for bushfire hazard reduction.

​No permit or permission required.

PERMIT APPLICATION FORM FOR BURNING IN THE OPEN

If your burning activity requires a permit, please click this link Burning Permit Application Form(231 kb)

WOOD HEATERS

  • The Policy includes rules regulating the sale and installation of wood heaters to target health impacts associated with smoke from wood heaters.
  • The Policy requires compliance with various Australian Standards for the sale and installation of all wood heaters, ensuring that wood heaters are engineered to operate efficiently, decreasing emissions to the atmosphere.
  • The Policy requires firewood retailers do not sell domestic firewood with a moisture content of greater than 25% (dry weight) to protect the community against excessive smoke from burning of inappropriate fuel.
  • There is also a requirement that the owner of a solid fuel heater does not allow excessive smoke to be generated from the heater.

For more information please click here to go to the EPA Clean Air Act Overview