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Burning of Open Fires and Incinerators

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Do I need a Permit to burn from Council?

Apart from any approval required from the RFS or Fire & Rescue, you may also be required to obtain approval from Council. To determine whether a separate approval is required for burning, contact your local Hilltops Council office.


If you have an approval from the RFS or Fire & Rescue and Council, what is able and unable to be burnt?

The following items are not permitted to be burnt under any circumstances and is an offence under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010:

  • Tyres;
  • Coated wire;
  • Paint containers and residues;
  • Solvent containers and residues; and
  • Timber treated with copper chromium arsenate (CCA) or pentachlorophenol (PCP).

Household items such as furniture, carpets and mattresses are also unable to be burnt.

Dried vegetation may be burnt, but special consideration must be given to the following to ensure smoke does not interfere with adjoining properties:

  • Wind and wind direction;
  • Proximity to adjoining properties and the likelihood of smoke to affect adjoining properties.

It is always helpful to remember that an alternative to burning vegetation is to take the vegetation to your nearest Waste Transfer Facility to be processed.


Do I need a Permit from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) to burn?

A Fire Permit is a Fire Safety Approval and is required during the Bush Fire Danger period for any fire. The Bush Fire Danger period 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.