Burning off & lighting fires

Fires endanger lives, health, property and the environment. If you want to burn off or light a recreational fire, there are strict rules in place.

Approval to burn dead & dry vegetation

If you live in a residential area you are not allowed to burn.

Until recently, if you lived in a rural or rural residential area you were required to complete an application to Council for approval to burn and were charged a fee. 

You are now permitted to burn (without an application or fee) if you abide by the following conditions:

  • Only burn dead and dry vegetation that has grown on the property

  • Ensure a responsible adult is in attendance at all times 

  • Notify your Local Rural Fire Brigade Captain and the Taree Fire Control Centre (02) 6591 2900 a minimum of 24 hours prior to lighting a fire

  • Notify all adjoining neighbours a minimum of 24 hours before the lighting of a fire

  • Ensure the fire is only lit when prevailing weather conditions are favourable so your neighbours are not adversely affected, and to have minimal impact on air quality and amenity.

  • Ensure the pile size for burning is not greater than 2 metres in diameter and 1.5 metres high if you are in a rural residential area

  • Comply with any of the NSW Rural Fire Services Fire Restrictions. Should fire restrictions be introduced under the Rural Fires Act during the period you wish to burn, you will be required to comply with the fire restrictions in place at the time, and in addition, obtain a Fire Permit from the NSW Rural Fire Service. 

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