Sometimes referred to as backyard burning or pile burning, open burning is the act of burning anything in the open air and is regulated across NSW by the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010. The intention of the Regulation is to minimise air pollution associated with burning.
Open burning is restricted in the Bellingen Shire and strongly discouraged within or close to built up areas. Residents are encouraged to use Council’s green waste services in preference to burning.
What can be approved to be burnt:
- dead and dry vegetation (seasoned sticks and branches) from plants that grew on the property.
What cannot be burnt at any time:
- building wastes
- general waste/garbage
- paint and paint containers
- solvent residues and containers
- coated wire
- treated timbers
Please allow 15 working days for a Council Officer to inspect the proposal and assess the application.
All approved burning activities must be undertaken in accordance with the Rural Fire Service / Fire & Rescue NSW document Standards for Pile Burning.
Enquiries and applications for hazard reduction work must be made with the NSW Rural Fire Services.
The above information does not relate to fires used for cooking or recreational purposes (camping, picnicking, scouting or similar outdoor activities), eg. campfires. Fires lit for this purpose are only permitted if they comply with the following conditions:
- only dry seasoned wood (or store bought BBQ fuel) is burnt
- there is at least 2m around the fire clear of any combustible material, and
- the fire is contained within a metal drum, store bought fire pit or constructed fire ring.