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Burning approvals

NSW Rural Fire Service

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In cases where burning is not for the purpose of hazard reduction, other environmental approvals may be required, as summarised in this table:
Burning activityType of environmental approval requiredWho issues the approval
Pile burn for purposes other than hazard reduction. Control of burning approval Local Council/EPA
Bonfire Control of burning approval Local Council/DEC*
Burning of windrows DA, Control of burning approval Local Council/DEC*
Agricultural burning of material such as stubble, sugar cane, orchard pruning or diseased crops Not required  
Burning in an incinerator Control of burning approval Local Council/DEC*
Burning domestic waste Control of burning approval (not permitted in some areas) Local Council/DEC*
Burning to demolish a building or other building materials Control of burning approval (not permitted in some areas) Local Council/DEC*
Burning to destroy sawmill waste material DA, Control of burning approval Local Council/DEC*
Lighting fires to produce charcoal Control of burning approval Local Council/DEC*
Burning animals that have died or have died due to disease Not required  
Camp fire for cooking or heating Not required  
Burning of tyres (except for the purpose of giving firefighting instruction) Prohibited  
Burning of coated wire Prohibited  
Burning of paint containers and residues Prohibited  
Burning of solvent containers and residues Prohibited  
Burning of treated timber Prohibited  
Burning to clear native vegetation Approval under the Native Conservation Act Department of Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources/Local Council

*These approvals are only required in areas listed in the schedules in the Protection of the Environment Operations (Control of Burning) Regulation 2000 [external link]

Note: The Rural Fires Act Section 89 [external link] state a fire permit must not be issued unless