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Permits for Burning Off - Fire Season

Permits for Burning Off

The Bushfire Management Committee has authorised the issuing of permits for burning off from Monday 18 March 2019 to Tuesday 30 April 2019, subject to satisfactory weather conditions. 


The following conditions apply to the issuing of permits for burning off for the Fire Season.


  • Blanket permits may be obtained for up to 6 days of intended burn.  A permit number must be obtained prior to burning off; copies can be obtained (in person, by fax or e mail).  A Grid Reference Number MUST be supplied to the area which is to be burnt before a permit is issued
  • Council must be notified of the intent to burn by 10.30am on the morning of burning.  The following information is required: - name, grid reference, rural address, nearest road and what you are burning (grass or stubble), time of commencement and number of hectares.
  • Permits will not be issued during the Easter Weekend, Sundays or Public Holidays. Permits for burning on Saturdays must be obtained prior to 3.00pm on Friday.
  • Notification is to be made to Adelaide Fire on 1300 008 175 immediately prior to commencing the permit burn.
  • Fires may not be lit before 12 noon and must be extinguished before 12 midnight on the same day.
  • Only grass and stubble may be burnt.
  • No permits will be issued for the burning of timber. Timber may not be burnt until the season is declared open.
  • Minimum of four (4) able-bodied adults must be present at the fire from the time of lighting until it is extinguished.
    • Two (2) vehicles with a minimum of 400 litres of water each equipped with individual pumps must be in attendance from the time of lighting until it is extinguished.
    • In the event of the Grassland Fire Danger Index (GFDI) exceeding 20 this permit will be suspended until the GFDI is below 20. The onus is on the permit holder to monitor the GFDI.
    • In township area where the area to be burnt is 2 square metres or less reticulated water supply will suffice.
    • Site is to be monitored for a minimum of 48hrs after the burn to minimise rekindling.
  • A four (4) metre cleared break to be put around perimeter of paddock and all standing trees and fallen timber.


The following are stipulated in the Act and Regulations:


  • The local CFS Brigade Captain or his/her Deputy must be notified on each morning of intent to burn by the permit holder.  The Captain will have the right to question or revoke the permit on the day and will have the right to inspect firebreaks at his/her discretion.
  • Neighbours and authorities must be notified in accordance with the Act and Regulations.
  • The fire must be lit from the leeward side before being lit on the windward site.


Permit can be obtained by contacting Council between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday on 8760 1100.


PENALTIES: Division 6 Fine ($4,000 or 12 months imprisonment).  The Fire Prevention Officer will carry out random inspections. Where breaches of permit conditions are detected prosecutions may occur.






Permit for Burning - Township


In South Australia burning in the open (which includes burning in a domestic incinerator) is managed by local government using provisions in the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016.

Burning in the open is a common practice, however smoke from these activities can impact on health and environment and also cause a nuisance.

If you live WITHIN the township of Naracoorte, Lucindale, Kybybolite, Frances or Hynam you can only burn when it is for:

  • preparation of food or beverages where the size of the fire and fuel are appropriate for that purpose
  • heating an outdoor area using a brazier, chiminea or fire pit – charcoal only
  • fire prevention or control (vegetation) – requires council approval (permit or notice)
  • disposal of agricultural or forestry waste (vegetation) – requires council approval (permit or notice)
  • other – requires council approval (permit or notice)

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Burning of offensive materials is prohibited and will occur an on the spot expiation. Offensive materials include tyres, mattresses, furniture, plastics, chemicals, aerosols, etc.

If you burn without the required permit you may be fined $300 under section 34 of the Environment Protection Act 1993 by Council or SA Police.

If you are unsure, check with Council to determine if you are able to burn or require a permit.

 burning township permit