Burning Regulations And Permits

Community Fire

Burning Outside of the Fire Danger Season

Air Quality Policy 2016

Both during and outside of the Fire Danger Season there are still strict restrictions on where, when and what you can burn. Failure to comply may lead to serious penalties and or court action. Under the Air Quality Policy 2016 Burning restrictions outside of the Fire Danger Season still apply to people living in and around Township areas within the Mount Barker District Council. However you may be eligible to apply for an EPA Burning Permit by contacting Council. (Conditions Apply.)  To apply for a permit, complete the Application for Fire Permit form (at the top of this page).

 

Township Boundaries for Air Quality Policy

Even if you have a Rural, Semi Rural, Rural Living (Residential 2), Primary Production, or light Commercial/Industrial property you may still be within a township boundary. To see if your property is within a township area please check the Burning Policy maps

> Burning Policy Townships Maps

 

Obtaining an EPA Burning Permit

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Burning Permits are available from 1 May - 1 December each year for owners of properties in residential, township or community centre zones within the Mount Barker District Council. (Conditions Apply). To apply for a permit, complete the Application for Fire Permit form (at the top of this page).

Please Note: These dates may be altered as required to suit the fire danger season.

These permits:

Require an application in writing

May require an inspection prior to being issued

Are issued at the discretion of the authorised officer

Are not valid on days declared a total fire ban

Are not valid during the Fire Danger Season as declared by the Country Fire Service

For further details on burning permits, please contact the Environment Protection Authority – 1800 623 445 or 8204 2007 or Council’s Fire Prevention Officer on 8391 7200.

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Permits During The Fire Danger Season - are available from 1st December 2016 to 30th April 2017 (conditions apply)

Do you require a Ninth or Tenth Schedule Permit?

To find out what you can do and what you can’t do during the Fire Danger Season and on a Total Fire Ban day, click on the link below first: www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/fire_restrictions/what_can_i_do_what_cant_i_do.jsp

Mount Barker District Council has totally prohibited the use of incinerators and open fires for waste disposal on domestic premises that are in township areas throughout the District.

 

Ninth and Tenth Schedule Permits

Mount Barker District Council does not issue permits for the purpose of burning off or use of fire to clear land, during the fire danger season unless under special circumstances, in the opinion of the Bushfire Prevention Officer, it is warranted.

If you require a Ninth schedule permit to burn or do hot works of any kind during the fire danger season you must apply at least two days prior to the date you wish to commence work. All Ninth schedule permits will be issued on the Thursday of every week unless in the case of emergency works or matters arise then an exemption may be made and a Ninth schedule issued on the spot.

Tenth schedules are only issued on a total fire ban day for emergency works only, special cases may be given a permit based on their merits.

A Ninth Schedule permit:

Will require an inspection prior to being issued

Are issued at the discretion of the authorised officer

Are not valid on days declared a total fire ban

A Tenth Schedule Permit:

Are only valid on days declared a total fire ban

Will require an inspection prior to being issued

Are issued at the discretion of the authorised officer

For further details on Ninth and Tenth Schedule Permits, Contact Council’s Fire Prevention Officer on 8391 7200. 

 

Air Quality (Backyard Burning) Policy 2016

Although this Act applies all year round it affects most people more during the months of May to November.

Smoke from fires burning in the open can be an irritant and a nuisance and in the past has been the source of a large number of disputes between neighbours. Fines apply for illegal fires so you are urged to seek Council advice before burning.

Burning is only allowed on domestic premises which are those properties used as a place of residence and land unoccupied but designated for residential use as shown on the development plan pursuant to the Development Act, 1993.

  When and what can I burn?

BURNING IS NOT ALLOWED WITHIN TOWNSHIP BOUNDARIES WITHOUT A PERMIT ISSUED BY COUNCIL (Conditions apply)

An APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO LIGHT A FIRE may be downloaded and returned to Council for assessment or alternativly you may obtain the permit application from Council’s customer service. To apply for a permit, complete the Application for Fire Permit form (at the top of this page).

There are a number of ways to dispose of rubbish. A properly made compost heap only takes up an area of about 2 square metres and is clean and free of smell. Decomposable household and garden wastecan be treated this way and eventually returned to the garden. Townships have a Council rubbish collection service which should be used for hard rubbish. Other alternatives to burning include chipping and mulching.

Additionally, burning is allowed

Within a dwelling eg. Slow combustion heaters - http://www.epa.sa.gov.au/woodsmoke.html

When used principally for the preparation of food eg. Barbeques

When used for the purpose of reducing the hazard of bushfires and the person has either a permit under the Fire and Emergency Services Act, 2005, or written permission from the Council. 

Application for Fire Permit

To determine if a permit is required, please read the information on this page.  To apply for a Fire Permit, fill out an Application for a Fire Permit Form, save it then email it to council@mountbarker.sa.gov.au

Application for Fire Permit (General Purpose)(67 kb)

Application for Fire Permit (Event)(71 kb)

 

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Fire Ban Season: Fire and Emergency Services Act, 2005

This applies during the fire danger season which commences 1st December and ends midnight on 30th April. During this period most fires in the open are banned unless you have obtained a written permit from the Council/Country Fire Service.

To apply for a permit, complete the Application for Fire Permit form (at the top of this page).

Any person wishing to light a fire during the above period should seek advice before doing so as severe penalties apply to illegal fires.

For more specific information concerning fire prevention contact Council’s Fire Prevention Officer or the CFS website: www.cfs.org.au

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6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
T 8391 7200
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