Permits required for burns
Safety vital for any type of burning
KNOWING when you are allowed and not allowed to burn can be challenging but Rural Fire Service Queensland has made it easier.
Anyone wanting to burn is required to obtain an application for a Permit to Light Fire through their local fire warden.
Contact details for fire wardens are available through the Fire Warden Finder at www.ruralfire. qld.gov.au.
Following receipt of your application the fire warden may impose conditions on a permit to reduce unwanted risk or nuisance to other people, property or to the environment.
The fire warden may refuse to issue a permit if they believe that appropriate safety measures cannot be reasonably achieved.
A notification issued under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 does allow certain fires to be lit without the need to obtain a permit, except if the fires are not permitted under a local law or other legislation.
If there is a local law in your local government area prohibiting the lighting of fires, a permit will not be issued by the fire warden unless you have obtained the written permission of the local government.
Provided adequate precautions are taken to prevent the spread of fire, the following fires may be lit without a permit except where such fires are not allowed under a local law for a part or all of a local government area:
■ A fire in which neither the height, width nor length of the material to be consumed exceeds 2m
■ A fire lit outdoors for the purpose of cooking and warmth, if enclosed in a fireplace so constructed as to prevent the escape of fire or any burning material there from
■ A fire lit for the purpose of burning the carcass of a beast
■ A fire lit at a sawmill for the purpose of burning sawdust or other residue resulting from the operation of a sawmill
■ A cane fire may also be subject to a notification and may be lit under certain conditions.
If you are uncertain whether the above situations apply to you and whether you need a permit or not, please contact your local fire warden for further clarification. owners/occupiers of the land adjoining the property where you wish to light a fire and advise them of your intention to apply for a permit – 72 hours’ notification may be seen as a reasonable amount of time in populated areas, however this time frame may not be appropriate in rural primary production areas. The time frame is at the discretion of the fire warden.
Record the time you contacted them on the application form and also note if they have or have not objected. If the neighbours do have an objection, they should contact the local fire warden.
If you cannot contact the owners/ occupiers, note this in the application form.
Step 4: Complete both sides of the application form. There are explanatory notes available should you require assistance with completing the form.
Step 5: Contact your local fire warden to submit your application.
PLAN AHEAD: Burning off can be conducted with a burning permit from your local fire warden.