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;
- 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
- The fire is being used by primary producers and for industrial
purposes e.g. for the purposes of burning the carcass of a
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
- The person proposing to light a fire advises all neighbours of
the intention to light a fire and the date on which this will
- 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
- Exemptions may apply where the fire is authorised under the
Fire & Emergency Services Act 1990.
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.