Procedure for burning of ALL vegetation or other waste in the Bega Valley LGA.
If you are wanting to undertake burning of dead and dry vegetation from routine property maintenance, you will need to consider if approval is required before you burn.
Approval may be required from Council, NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW, depending on where you live and the time of year that you’re wanting to burn.
Its important to remember that there are alternatives to undertaking pile burns. As burning vegetation in urban areas is discouraged, it is recommended that vegetation should be disposed of in garden organics (green) bins or taken to one of Council's Waste Management Facilities.
Burning dead and dry vegetation from routine property maintenance is permitted in certain areas.
Council's Burning Off in Open Areas Policy provides a deemed approval with conditions for burning dead and dry vegetation. This means that you may not have to seek approval from Council to undertake small pile burns as long as you meet the following criteria.
You have deemed ‘blanket’ approval to undertake small pile burns if:
Council is responsible for the management of local air quality issues and has the power to take action under the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) Act 1997 in accordance with the Protection of the Environment (Clean Air) Regulation 2010. In order to help reduce the impact of wood smoke on human health and the environment, Council need to assess the proposed burn area to ensure that those around you are not adversely affected by your burning.
If you wish to burn vegetation in a residential area that doesn’t meet the deemed criteria, you will need to apply to Council for approval through Council’s written application form. Depending on the location, you’ll need written support from any adjoining neighbours with dwellings within 75 metres of the proposed burn. An application must be made 21 days prior to the proposed date of burning.
Council officers will assess the application in accordance with the POEO (Clean Air) Regulation 2010, taking the following matters into consideration:
Once all this is considered Council will advise the applicant in writing if they are permitted to burn.
It should be noted that generally in residential areas other methods of disposing of vegetation are available therefore burning will only be permitted as a last resort.
An approval from Council to burn does not negate the requirement to apply for an open air burning permit from your local Fire Service during the Bush Fire Danger period. Contact your local NSW RFS Fire Control Centre if you live in a rural fire district, or Fire & Rescue NSW Station if you live in a fire district to obtain a fire permit.
You may be charged a fee for Council to assess this application. An approval will list conditions that seek to minimise adverse impacts and there are significant penalties for failing to obtain these approvals or comply with their conditions.
The NSW Rural Fire Service or NSW Fire + Rescue should be contacted before the lighting of any fire.
Residents are required by NSW law to take steps to minimise air pollution. Steps must be taken to reduce smoke and the impact on neighbours by:
Use these steps to determine that you have the appropriate approvals and measures in place for a safe pile burn.