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Backyard Burning and Fire Permits

Community Fire

Application for Backyard Burning Permit

To determine if a permit is required, please read the information below and on the Backyard Burning page.

To apply for a Backyard Burning Permit, fill out the online form below:

Application for Permit to Light a Fire (online form)

Please note this permit is to authorise a person to light or maintain a fire in the open air contrary to the terms of the:

  • Environmental Protection Act 1993
  • Environmental Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016

Please note: 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.

During the Fire Ban Season or on Days of Total Fire Ban - this permit becomes void and you must apply for a schedule 9 or 10 permit from the Council or Country Fire Service (see below).

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 visit the CFS website: www.cfs.org.au

Application for Event Fire Permit

During both the Fire Danger Season and outside of the Fire Danger Season, public events in public places require a permit to be obtained when lighting fires for entertainment, warmth or cooking (eg Wood Ovens).

To apply for a Permit to Light a Fire for an event fill out the online form below:

Application for Permit to Light a Fire for an Event (online form)

During the Fire Danger season this will also require a Schedule 9 or 10 Permit (see below).

Permits During the Fire Danger Season (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/bans_and_ratings/what_can_i_do_what_cant_i_do.jsp

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 Emergency Management 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 five (5) working 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
  • Will only be issued for emergency situations
  • Will require increased fire prevention measures to be undertaken.

For further details on Ninth and Tenth Schedule Permits, contact Council’s Emergency Management Officer on 8391 7200.