Prohibited fires

The lighting and maintaining of a fire in the open is prohibited on any allotment 3000 square metres or less, unless the fire is contained in a properly prepared barbeque or similar cooking apparatus using clean and dry combustible material for the purpose of cooking food for human consumption.

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 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
  • The fire is enclosed in a fireplace so constructed as to prevent the escape of fire or any burning material from the fireplace or
  • The fire is being used by primary producers and for industrial purposes e.g. for the purposes of burning the carcass of a beast.

The lighting of fires is only permitted on allotments 3001m2 or greater providing the following conditions can be met:

  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Exemptions may apply where the fire is authorised under the Fire & Emergency Services Act 1990.

Additional requirements

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.

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