Residents are being urged to follow the
rules over the burning of garden waste now that the annual ban on backyard
burning has been lifted.
If you live in a rural area - land zoned
RU2 and R5 - you are permitted to burn without Council approval, subject to
requirements of the Rural Fires Act and Regulations. However you are only permitted to burn dry
vegetation. This means that burning any
other waste such as tyres, old mattresses, sofas and plastic is
Burning in an area that is not zoned RU2
and R5 needs approval from Council.
A request for approval must be made in
writing and must be made at least 21 days before the proposed date of burning.
When you burn, whether in a rural area or following
an approval from Council, you must ensure that you take measures to prevent or
minimise air pollution, such as considering wind direction, weather conditions
and the length of time the vegetation will take to burn.
Property-owners are responsible for
preventing fires escaping from their property, so it is best to seek Rural Fire
Service (RFS) advice before you burn.
It is also a legal requirement to provide a
minimum of 24 hours notice to your local fire authority (RFS or Fire and Rescue
NSW) and all adjoining neighbours before carrying out any burning. You must also call the RFS at least one hour
before lighting the fire on (02) 6653 1097.
Property-owners should be aware that
anyone found guilty of burning without approval, or causing air pollution from
a burn, can face a fine of $500 per offence for individuals or $1000 for
corporations. In extreme cases, Council
may also consider it appropriate to pursue prosecution, resulting in much
For more information, check out the Control of Burning section or call Council on 02 6648 4000, Monday to
Friday between 08.30 and 10am, to speak to an Environmental Health Officer.