Fire can be a useful tool for reducing bush fire hazards, removing vegetation, or conducting agricultural activities, however, inappropriate use of fire can endanger lives, property and the environment.
Various approvals may be required before you can light that fire. An approval will list conditions that seek to minimise adverse impacts and there are significant penalties for failing to obtain these approvals or comply with their conditions.
Note: If you plan to mechanically clear native vegetation and burn it in a pile, then you may also need to obtain an environmental approval for the clearing.
All fires other than those for cooking or heating require you to notify occupiers (or owners if vacant) of all adjoining properties, including those which are separated by road or waterway, and the RFS Wollondilly District Office.
ONLY within the Bushfire periods between 1 October to 31 March must you give 24 hour’s notice of the intended location of the burn, purpose and time of the burn. The RFS Wollondilly District Office may be notified either by:
A Fire Permit is a Fire Safety Approval and is required during the Bush Fire Danger period which generally runs from 1 October to 31 March each year, however, it may vary due to local conditions. Contact your local brigade for further information.
When do I need a Fire Permit?
You will need a Permit to light most fires out in the open during the Bushfire Danger Period between 1 October and 31 March. Refer to the RFS document “Before you light that Fire” for more information on permits.
Do I need any other Approvals?
Wollondilly Shire Council prohibits all burning in certain areas unless prior written approval is received or an exemption is granted if you meet Council’s requirements.
A copy of the exemption requirements can be viewed or downloaded below and further information or an application can be sought by contacting Council on 4677 1100.
Burning items such as tyres, coated wire, paint/solvent containers and treated timber is prohibited all year round. These measures seek to reduce the impact of smoke on the community and reduce air pollution.
Conducting A Pile Burn
An application to Pile Burn is only required if you do not meet the criteria for a General Approval to Burn. A sample General Approval to Burn is available to view from the downloads below. If you comply with the General Approval no separate application is necessary. Contact Council’s Compliance Section on 4677 9503 to request a General Approval to Burn for your property.
If you do not comply with the conditions of a General Approval to Burn you must complete and submit an Application to Pile Burn. Once submitted Council will contact you to arrange an inspection of your pile prior to approving.
Before you light that fire, make sure you have:
- Gained environmental Approval (if required)
- Been issued a Fire Permit (if required)
- Notified all adjoining landowners/occupiers and your local fire authority
- Notified your local Council (if required)
- Checked for Total Fire Ban or No Burn Days
Fire Control Centre – Rural Fire Service on 4677 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org