Burning in the open

Do you know when you can burn in the open?

No matter where you live - when burning in the open it must be done in accordance with CFS Codes of Practice for Broad Acre Burning and Vegetation Rubbish Pile Burning.

Burning in the open is only allowed outside the Fire Danger Season and on Non-Fire Ban Days.

 

This information is available to download in a brochure.

 

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

 

PERMITS

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 a maximum of 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.

 

Everyone who lives in the Adelaide Hills Council Area falls into one of three categories for burning permits.

Burning within all Townships
If you live in a township (excluding Greenhill) you may need to apply for an individual permit - see the table below. If a permit is issued, burning can ONLY be done between 10am to 3pm Monday to Saturday, inclusive.

Maps of township areas are available in Council Offices, Libraries and below. Or call Council on 8408 0400.

 

Burning ActivityConditions/Requirements
Use of a brazier, chiminea or a fire pit for outdoor domestic heating.No permit. Fuel is restricted to charcoal only, no wood allowed.
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 vegetation for fire prevention or control.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

Greenhill
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 (except Greenhill), 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

Burning for any other purpose requires a Permit from Council.

 

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

 

BURN ONLY AS A LAST RESORT
Alternatives to burning:

Utilise Council's free green organic drop off days
Use your green organics kerbside bin
Compost your green organics and use on your garden

 

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 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.

 

USEFUL LINKS

Download a Permit Application Form
Download the Burning Permit Policy
Download the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016
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