Burning off permits


Step 1.Plan your burn

You need the below information before you apply for a burning off permit:

  • applicant's name
  • applicant's address
  • contact number
  • reason for the burn
  • number of on-site assistants
  • type of water supply
  • location of the burn
  • dates and types of fuel
  • approximate volume of the burn
  • Payment of the nominated permit fee

Step 2.Apply for a permit

  • Each permit issued has a life of no longer than 28 days
  • Permit must be retained only by an adult person in charge of the burn

Apply for a Permit to Burn

Step 3.Before you start your burn

  • Register your burn with Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) at least 2 hours prior to the burn.
  • Let your neighbours know that you plan to burn off 24 hours before you start.
  • Permit does not allow burning to occur on a day of “Total Fire Ban” and a “Smog Alert Day”, and does not allow for any fire to remain alight should the temperature exceed 26 degrees centigrade and the wind speed exceeds 15 KPH
  • Ensure that you have a adequate pressured water supply and hoses must be readily at hand.
  • Permit allows fire to be operated only between the hours of 7am to 6pm the same day, whereby it must be totally extinguished before the site is left.
  • Permit allows only the nominated fuel to be used.

Step 4.After you start your burn

  • Fire must never be left unattended.
  • Ensure that the fire size is less than nine cubic metres.
  • The fire must have a five metre clearance of all flammable materials, and must not be situated any nearer than five metres to any building, and only one fire per property at any one time.
  • All efforts must be made to eliminate excessive smoke, so others are not harmed in any way.