The lighting and maintaining of a fire in the open is prohibited on any allotment 3000 square metres or less. Exemptions may apply where the fire is authorised under the Fire & Rescue Services Act 1990.
Fires in a properly prepared barbeque for the purpose of cooking food for human consumption are allowed.
Fires in the open (3001m2 allotments & above)
On properties 3001 square metres and above, the lighting and maintaining of a fire in the open is permitted if:
- The length, width or height of the material to be burnt does not exceed 2 metres (8 cubic metres in total);
- The burn is between the hours of 7.00am and dusk the same day, and then extinguished completely; and
- Only clean and dry non-toxic combustible material is proposed to be burnt; and
- Only one fire is burning at any time; and
- Appropriate fire fighting equipment, which may include water, hoses and pumps, is on the site at all times; and
- The ashes are thoroughly wetted down when a fire is extinguished; and
- The person proposing to light a fire advises all neighbours of the intention to light a fire and the date on which this will occur; and
- The fire/material is set back at least 6 metres from every property boundary and building; and
- A responsible person is in attendance at the fire at all times until the fire is extinguished.
The lighting of fires is only permitted on allotments 3001m2 or greater providing the following conditions can be met:
- The fire is authorised under a QFRS Permit to Light Fire; or
- The vegetation to be burnt does not exceed 2m in height, 2m in width and 2m in length.
Note: 2m x 2m x 2m fires are not exempt during any Fire Danger Period and a permit must be obtained from a Fire Warden during those times.
Residents should note that all burning is to be conducted in a manner that does not cause a nuisance to other people.
Additional legislation (Environmental Protection Act 1994) applies to smoke nuisances with Council's Officers delegated to investigate and enforce nuisance provisions. On-the-spot fines may apply.