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Backyard burning contributes to air pollution and can cause respiratory problems. Smoke may also impact neighbours, particularly in urban areas.
There are other preferred methods for disposing of green waste including:
There are conditions under which owners or occupiers of certain properties may burn dead and dry vegetation from property maintenance at particular times of the year.
For other activities, such as hazard reduction burning, different approvals are required. More information on these activities is available below.
The Bush Fire Danger Period began on 1 October 2017.
During the Bush Fire Danger Period burning is prohibited in towns. In village and rural areas a permit is required from the Rural Fire Services.
In New South Wales, burning in the open is controlled by the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 (the Regulation). Part 2 of Schedule 8 of the Regulation allows Wingecarribee Shire Council to grant approval for burning in the open in certain circumstances. Council's Backyard Burning Policy provides the approval conditions and requirements for burning in the open in Wingecarribee local government area.
Burning is prohibited when there is a Total Fire Ban (External link) or when a
No Burn Notice (External Link) has been issued.
Backyard burning is not permitted during Bush Fire Danger Period without a fire permit. Within our shire, fire permits are given by different fire authorities depending on where the property is.
The Bush Fire Danger Period is usually from 1 October to 31 March unless the danger period is extended by authorities.
From 1 April, some properties are allowed to burn dry vegetation from routine garden maintenance.
In Moss Vale, Bowral, Mittagong and surrounding suburbs, burning is restricted to larger properties and less densely populated areas. In the villages and rural areas there are no property size restrictions.
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Burning is prohibited
Burning is only approved on
VILLAGES and RURAL AREAS
Burning is prohibited unless a permit is obtained from Rural Fire Services
Burning is approved on all properties
Online Interactive Map
To improve community understanding of how the Backyard Burning Policy applies to individual properties, an online interactive map tool has been developed by Council.
The map allows you to search for your property and see if backyard burning is allowed and, importantly, what conditions that need to be complied with when planning for and undertaking backyard burning.
Click here (internal link) for more information on how to use the map.
For properties allowed to burn, Wingecarribee Shire Council has a Notice of Approval which states the conditions owners or occupiers must meet for burning to be approved. Burning of backyard vegetation must meet all the conditions of the Notice of Approval for the relevant town, village or rural area.
Things you can do to burn safely and reduce smoke problems
The Rural Fire Service’s Standards for Pile Burning (external link) has useful information about how to burn safely and should be followed.
(external link) also has useful information.
Things you can do to reduce smoke problems and air pollution include:
Different approvals are needed for:
More information for these situations can be found in the
Backyard Burning Fact Sheet (PDF, 144Kb).
The Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 allows burning for the purposes of cooking, camping, recreation and burning of cleared vegetation from agricultural purposes.
Where no domestic waste collection service is available, burning of domestic waste is allowed under Part 3 of Schedule 8 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010.
To apply for a Permit, contact your nearest brigade:
Notice of Approval - Villages and Rural Areas (PDF, 22Kb)
NOTE: These Notices of Approval are provided in accordance with the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010. Failure to comply may result in a penalty of up to $500 for an individual or up to $1,000 for a corporation.
Backyard Burning Factsheet (PDF, 218Kb)
RFS Standards for Pile Burning (external link)
Backyard Burning Policy (internal link)
NSW Rural Fire Service Handy hints for safe pile burning