General Approval to Burn

OUTSIDE THE BUSHFIRE PERIOD – 1 APRIL 2020 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2020, UNLESS OTHERWISE AMENDED.

To undertake pile burning activities within the Wollondilly LGA residents and landowners MUST first obtain an General Approval to Burn or have issued a Pile Burn Application from Wollondilly Shire Council [ph 4677 1100].

Documents must be available to show to an RFS Officer if the RFS or Council’s Compliance Officers have been dispatched through a Triple Zero Call '000' or an after hours call to Council, to attend the property undertaking the pile burning activity. 

ALL conditions on these documents must be strictly adhered to. 

General Approval to Burn

General Approval to Burn

The NSW Rural Fire Service has advised that the Bush Fire Danger period ceased on 1st April 2020 and unless otherwise advised sooner will be re-enacted as of 1 October 2020.

A person who lights a fire without the required approvals is guilty of an offence, with penalties including large fines and/or imprisonment.

A General Approval to Burn may be issued to allow the burning of small piles provided that you can meet all the criteria of the General Approval , including being located in the correct zones.  If not, you may make application for a Pile Burn Application.  Our Customer Service staff will advise if this is an option for you.

Every landholder has a responsibility to prevent fire from spreading from their property and there can be serious consequences for people who light fires and leave them unattended.  A requirement of the approval process is that there must be a responsible adult in attendance at all times that the fire is alight.   An escaped hazard reduction can be very difficult for firefighters to contain.

Once a General Approval or a Pile Burn Permit is issued, residents must take current conditions and weather forecasts into consideration before starting a burn.

The primary concern should always be safety, so never conduct a burn if conditions are not suitable.

Every  criteria of the General Approval or a Pile Burn Permit must be complied with including the expiry period of the Approval/Permit.

 

PENALTIES FOR OFFENCES

FAILURE TO COMPLY ANY APPROVAL MAY RESULT IN AN ON THE SPOT FINE OF $500 FOR AN INDIVIDUAL OR $1000 FOR A CORPORATION. IN THE EVENT OF A PROSECUTION, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY IS $5500 FOR AN INDIVIDUAL AND $11000 FOR A CORPORATION

All Enquiries - Customer Service - Wollondilly Shrie Council -  (02) 4677 1100.