Backyard Burning

Safety is paramount.

For the safety of our community and the preservation of public health and the environment guidelines must be followed when burning off.

During the gazetted bushfire danger period a fire permit is required. There are also general requirements applicable at other times. The NSW Rural Fire Service documents, Before You Light that Fire and Standards for Pile Burning provide information on permits and steps that need to be taken before using fire on your property along with advice on how to conduct a pile burn to reduce the potential impacts.  For rural areas contact Rural Fire Service to apply for a permit.

Burning off of vegetation in urban areas causes air pollution and has health implications for some people. Council's Backyard Burning Policy seeks to address this issue.

Reviewed and amended in 2015,  the Policy is enforceable under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulations 2010. Penalties apply for breaches of the regulation.

If thinking about burning off, especially in urban areas, please refer to Council's:

Maps of restricted backyard burning off areas (updated April 2015) can be downloaded below. Town fire brigades can issue permits for backyard burning within urban areas but will not grant permits contrary to Council's policy.

For further information or to report breaches please phone Council's Development and Environmental Health Group on 02 6686 1210.

Note: There is an obligation under the legislation on everyone to minimise air pollution with any burning off. 

Backyard Burning - Restricted Area Maps

Download your local area map to view restricted backyard burning areas

Alstonville Lennox Head
Ballina Island Wardell
East Ballina Wollongbar
West Ballina Ballina Heights


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