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Consultation looks at changing laws to allow fire pits in Kingston

5 December 2020

Community members are being asked to let Council know whether they think the city’s Local Law should be updated to allow backyard fire pits in Kingston.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said that Council has an open mind on the question and that councillors are eager to understand if the community supports this change. “We want to know your thoughts on the potential environmental and health impacts of fire pits, we also want to know if the relaxation and enjoyment warrants the proposed change.”

“Many people may not be aware that under the city’s current regulations, residents cannot light a fire on their own property to create heat outdoors without a permit,” said Cr Staikos.

In addition to prohibiting fires in backyards without a permit, the City of Kingston’s Community Local Laws also currently stipulate:

  • Fires cannot be lit in any incinerator or other structure for the purpose of burning solid fuel materials to create heat outdoors
  • Outdoor fires must not affect neighbours by causing a nuisance, such as an odour or smoke
  • Brick-built outdoor structures such as barbecues must be positioned to minimise the impact of the smells produced on neighbouring properties.

“However, it is important to note there are exceptions to these rules, which currently allow for outdoor cooking on barbeques and in pizza ovens,” said Cr Staikos.

Residents may also apply for permits to light a fire outdoors, for cultural and religious events.

“We really value the community’s input and won’t be making a final decision on this until after Kingston residents have had an opportunity to provide us with feedback,” Cr Staikos said.

Council is currently taking feedback at yourkingstonyoursay.com.au. Community members may also get in touch with Council to share their thoughts, by emailing info@kingston.vic.gov.au or mailing PO Box 1000, Mentone 3194.

The consultation closes on Friday 18 December.

 

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