The Permit system informs the authorities exactly when and where landowners intend to burn, to ensure adequate and appropriate measures are in place, so that fires remain under control.
To carry out a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Burn, you may need:
For more information see Environmental Assessment of Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Works.
The statutory Bush Fire Danger Period runs from October 1st to March 31st, however it may vary due to local conditions. If you are planning to light a fire in the open during this time, you will need a permit.
Depending on the type of fire, a permit may be required all year round or only during the Bush Fire Danger Period. For example, a Fire Permit is required at all times if a fire is likely to be dangerous to a building.
A permit may be required 12 months of the year or only during the Bush Fire Danger Period, depending on the type of fire.
The permit issuing Officer may add any conditions deemed as necessary but all permits have standard conditions that are listed on the permit form, such as:
For more information showing where the Bush Fire Danger Period has been declared and permits to burn are currently required for that area see Where Are Fire Permits Required?
Fire Permits are NOT required for fires that are lit for the purpose of land clearance or the creation of a fire break during the NON Bush Fire Danger Period.
Additionally, fire permits are not required for fires for the purpose of heating or cooking, provided that:
For more information on the cancellation or suspension of permits see Fire Permits and Total Fire Bans.
Before lighting the fire ensure that :
You must also check:
Substantial fines and prison terms of up to 12 months may apply to persons found to be in breach of The NSW Rural Fires Act 1997 and its regulations.
Civil law suits can also be bought against persons responsible for fire, by those seeking compensation, for losses sustained.
For more information about Fines and Penalties, or assistance regarding whether you need a Fire Permit or not, contact your local RFS Fire Control Centre.
Bush fires are more likely to spread and cause damage on days when the weather is very hot, dry and windy. These are very high to extreme fire days.
Total Fire Bans are declared on these days to reduce the risk of fires damaging or destroying life, property and the environment.
You can find out if a no Burn Notice Day applies by:
Suspended fire permits may resume after the Total Fire Ban or the No Burn Day is lifted, provided the fire permit has not expired.
However, if a permit is cancelled, a new fire permit must be applied for and obtained prior to undertaking a burn.
Call your local RFS Fire Control Centre, or local Council for further advice.