What Can I Do / What Can't I Do?

The following are for restrictions during the Fire Danger Season and on Total Fire Ban days. To find out what restrictions are in place in your area outside of these times, contact your local council.

Can I light a fire without a permit? Can I use a chainsaw, brush cutter, mower or slasher?
Can I burn-off on my property? Can I use an angle grinder, welder or any other cutting tool outside?
Can I burn rubbish or grass clippings? Can I have a campfire, bonfire or light a fire for warmth or comfort?
Can I have a fire in a forest reserve? Can I use fireworks?
Can  I have a fire in a National Park reserve? Can I smoke cigarettes?
Can I use a gas or electric BBQ? Can I undertake harvesting activities?
Can I use a kettle BBQ? Can I use a bird scarer in my orchard?
Can I use a pizza oven?  

 

  Within the Fire Danger Season On a Total Fire Ban Day
Can I light a fire without a permit?   In general the only fires which do not require a permit are fires used for cooking, personal comfort, fires in incinerators, gas fired appliances and gas or electric welding equipment provided they are lit in accordance with the regulations and council restrictions applying to their use. NO  
Can I burn-off on my property? NO

Unless you have obtained a Schedule 9 Permit from your local council.

Check with your local council for conditions.

NO

Unless you have obtained a Schedule 10 permit from your local council.

Check with your local council for conditions.

Can I burn rubbish or grass clippings? NO

Unless you have received permission from your local council to burn on the ground, and burn in a properly constructed incinerator. 

When using an incinerator, you must have:

  • A four-metre cleared space around and above the fire
  • A responsible person must be in attendance at all times with water or an extinguisher.
  • All incinerator doors and openings should be closed and screens and guards in place.

If you want to burn on the ground you will require a Schedule 9
permit * from you local council.

NO

Unless you have a Schedule 10 Permit from your local council.

The lighting of incinerators is banned during days of Total Fire Bans.

You must check with your local council for compliance with Environment Protection Authority restrictions. Some councils have totally prohibited the use of incinerators and open fires for waste disposal on domestic premises.
Can I have a fire in a forest reserve? NO

No fires, including barbecues and campfires, are permitted in forest reserves between November 30 to April 30 each year. However, gas barbecues may be permitted in designated areas in Mount Lofty Ranges forest under certain conditions.

For enquiries, contact the Forestry Reserve office.

NO Fires are NOT permitted.
Can I have a fire in a National Park Reserve? NO

Strict regulations apply to all fires, including barbecues, in National Parks and Wildlife Reserves. Signs are placed at the park entrance when fires are permitted, but they can only be lit in designated areas. may National Parks and Wildlife Reserves have total bans on the use of wood fires.

For further information, contact the Park Office.

NO Fires are NOT permitted.
Can I use a gas or electric barbecue? YES

Providing:

  • The BBQ is clear of all flammable material to a distance of at least 4 metres;
  • A person who is able to control the fire is present at the site of the fire until it is extinguished;
  • An appropriate extinguisher is at hand.
YES

A gas or electric barbecue can be used:

  • within 15 metres of a domestic premises, OR
  • on a coastal foreshore

Providing:

  • The BBQ is clear of all flammable material to a distance of at least 4 metres;
  • A person who is able to control the fire is present at the site of the fire until it is extinguished;
  • An appropriate extinguisher is at hand.
Some local councils allow gas or electric barbecues in caravan parks or cleared picnic areas. Look for signs or contact the council for advice.
Can I use a kettle BBQ? YES

Provided that:

  • The BBQ is clear of all flammable material to a distance of at least 4 metres;
  • A person who is able to control the fire is present at the site of the fire until it is extinguished;
  • An appropriate extinguisher is at hand.
NO

A solid fuel burning kettle BBQ (one that uses fuel such as wood, charcoal or heat beads) cannot be used unless you obtain a Schedule 10 Permit from your local council.

A gas-fired kettle BBQ can be used if used within 15 metres of a domestic premises or on a coastal foreshore, providing that:

  • The BBQ is clear of all flammable material to a distance of at least 4 metres;
  • A person who is able to control the fire is present at the site of the fire until it is extinguished;
  • An appropriate extinguisher is at hand.
Can I use a pizza oven? YES Provided it is a gas or electric - see above for barbeques.
If wood fired, it must comply with CFS Code of Practice for wood fired pizza ovens or obtain a Schedule 9 Permit* from your local council.
NO Unless it is gas or electric - see above for barbeques - or you have obtained a Schedule 10 Permit* from your local council
Can I use a chainsaw, brush cutter, mower or slasher? YES

Providing:

  • you have a 4-metre cleared space around the activity, or
  • a shovel or rake and portable water spray are at hand, and additionally:
  • all engine exhaust exits through the exhaust system, and
  • the system prevents the escape of burning material
  • heated parts of the system are prevented from coming into contact with flammable material
  • the system is in good working order.
YES

Providing:

  • you have a 4-metre cleared space around the activity, or
  • a shovel or rake and portable water spray are at hand, and additionally:
  • all engine exhaust exits through the exhaust system, and
  • the system prevents the escape of burning material
  • heated parts of the system are prevented from coming into contact with flammable material
  • the system is in good working order.
Can I use an angle grinder, welder or any other cutting tool outside? YES Providing you have a 4-metre cleared space around the area, and water or an extinguisher is at hand. NO Unless you have obtained a Schedule 10 Permit from your local council.
Can I have a campfire, bonfire or light a fire for warmth or comfort? YES

Providing:

  • the fire is in a 30 cm deep trench and no more than one square metre in area;
  • you have a four-metre cleared space around and above the fire;
  • a responsible person is in attendance at all times with water and/or an extinguisher
NO Unless you have a Schedule 10 Permit from your local council.
Can I use fireworks? NO

Private use of fireworks is banned.

Licensed pyrotechnics may conduct public fireworks displays providing a Schedule 9 Permit has been obtained from the local council.

NO

Private use of fireworks is banned.

Licensed pyrotechnics may conduct public fireworks displays providing a Schedule 10 Permit has been obtained from the local council.

Can I smoke cigarettes? YES

But:

  • You must not smoke within 2 metres of flammable bush or grass outside of a township (Penalty: $1250).
  • You must not throw a cigarette butt from a vehicle (Penalty: $500).
  • You must not drop or throw a cigarette butt where it will come into contact with flammable material (Penalty: $500).
YES

But:

  • You must not smoke within 2 metres of flammable bush or grass outside of a township (Penalty: $1250).
  • You must not throw a cigarette butt from a vehicle (Penalty: $500).
  • You must not drop or throw a cigarette butt where it will come into contact with flammable material (Penalty: $500).
Can I undertake harvesting activities? YES

Providing:

  • You have a shovel or rake and a portable water spray at hand.

Additionally:

  • all engine exhaust exits through the exhaust system, and
  • the system prevents the escape of burning material.
  • heated parts of the system are prevented from coming into contact with flammable material
  • the system is in good working order.

You should also follow your local Grain Harvesting Code of Practice available from your local council.

YES

Providing:

  • You have a shovel or rake and a portable water spray at hand.

Additionally:

  • all engine exhaust exits through the exhaust system, and
  • the system prevents the escape of burning material.
  • heated parts of the system are prevented from coming into contact with flammable material
  • the system is in good working order.

You should also follow your local Grain Harvesting Code of Practice available from your local council.

Can I use a bird scarer in my orchard? YES

Providing that:

  • the space immediately around and above the appliance is cleared of all flammable material to a distance of at least 4 metres;
  • the bird scarer is constructed to prevent the escape of fire or burning material;
  • the bird scarer is in good working order and clean so as to avoid a malfunction that could cause a fire;
  • the person using the bird scarer takes precautions to ensure that the bird scarer cannot fall over, or be knocked over or otherwise interfered with by animals.
YES

Providing that:

  • the space immediately around and above the appliance is cleared of all flammable material to a distance of at least 4 metres;
  • the bird scarer is constructed to prevent the escape of fire or burning material;
  • the bird scarer is in good working order and clean so as to avoid a malfunction that could cause a fire;
  • the person using the bird scarer takes precautions to ensure that the bird scarer cannot fall over, or be knocked over or otherwise interfered with by animals.
Advice: if the information you require is not on our website you may telephone the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.