Burning in the open

Council has a Burning Permit Policy that regulates burning in the open. The policy provides residents with the continued ability to undertake bushfire fuel reduction work whilst minimising air pollution from burning in the open. 

Council's Burning Permit Policy was developed in response to the introduction of the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016. The Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 was created by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) with the intent of better protecting and improving the health of South Australians and our environment through improved air quality. The Policy regulates air emissions including those from burning in the open.

Burning within all Townships

Burning ActivityConditions/Requirements
Use of a brazier, chiminea or a fire pit for outdoor domestic heating.No permit or permission required. Fuel is restricted to charcoal only.
Campfire in the course of camping, scouting or a similar
outdoor recreational activity.
Requires Council approval by permit.
Burning agricultural or forestry waste.Requires Council approval by permit.
Burning for bushfire hazard reduction.Requires Council approval by permit.
Burning vegetation for any other purpose.Requires Council approval by permit.

 

Permit Application Form

 

Detailed township maps

Aldgate
Balhannah
Birdwood
Bridgewater
Charleston
Crafers
Crafers West
Forreston

Gumeracha
Heathfield
 Houghton
Kersbrook 
Lobethal
Mount Torrens
Mylor
Oakbank

Rostrevor
Stirling
Summertown
Upper Sturt
Uraidla
Woodforde and Teringie
Woodside

 

Adelaide metropolitan area (excluding townships)

If you are in the Adelaide metropolitan area, outside of a township, you do not need a permit from Council for the following burning activities as a general permit has been issued, by notice, in local newspapers and on Council's website.  

For any of these burning activities you need to comply with conditions of the general permit.

  • Burning agriculture or forestry waste
  • Burning off vegetation for fire prevention or control
  • Burning vegetation comprising dry wood or other dry plant material in a brazier, chiminea or fire pit in the open for domestic heating
  • Lighting or maintaining a fire in the open using  vegetation comprising dry wood or other dry plant material for a campfire or barbecue in the course of camping, scouting or a similar outdoor recreational activity

 

Non Adelaide metropolitan area (excluding townships)

If you are outside the Adelaide metropolitan area, outside of a township, a permit is not required.

Map of Adelaide metropolitan area and non-metropolitan area

General

In all cases, burning in the open must be done in accordance with CFS Codes of Practice for Broad Acre Burning and Vegetation Rubbish Pile Burning.

Fires using charcoal, dry wood, or other dry plant material for preparing food or beverages do not require a permit, however they must be of a size corresponding to this purpose.

Burning in the open is only allowed outside of the Fire Danger Season.

Cost and timeframe

There is no cost to apply for a permit and assessment of application is undertaken promptly.  Permits can be issued with a 'window' of time to burn of up to two months to provide flexibility to permit holders. Permits issued will be valid between 10am to 3pm Monday to Saturday, inclusive.

 

For further information please call Council on (08) 8408 0400.

 

USEFUL LINKS

Download the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016
Download a Permit Application Form
Information on burning restrictions during the fire danger season (1 December - 30 April).

Information about air quality and the health effects of smoke at:
Air Quality Fact Sheet: Particles (Department of the Environment and Heritage 2005)
Air Quality Fact Sheet: Smoke from biomass burning (Department of the Environment and Heritage 2005)
Environment Protection Authority Air Quality Learning Resources