The Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 (the Policy) came into effect on 23 July 2016. A number of changes are now in place in relation to burning int he open following the introduction of the Policy, including bushfire hazard reduction, disposal of agricultural and forestry waste, and backyard burning in townships. This Policy is applicable only outside of the fire danger season. Please click here for information on burning restrictions during the fire danger season (1 December - 30 April).
The Policy was created by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) following a consultation period in late 2015 and early 2016 to consolidate a number of existing policies and guidelines with the intent of better protecting and improving the health of South Australians and our environment through improved air quality. The Policy regulates air emissions including those from wood heaters and burning in the open.
The Policy provides us with a large amount of flexibility to introduce our own burning controls for bushfire hazard reduction and disposal of agricultural and forestry waste in metropolitan Adelaide. We recognise the need for land managers to undertake burning in the open for bushfire hazard reduction and for primary producers to dispose of agricultural and forestry waste. Accordingly, we are using the flexibility provided by the Policy to the benefit of the community to put in place burning controls that result in no material change for those areas outside of townships located within the Adelaide metropolitan area. Council can also consider and apply other burning controls believed necessary.
BURNING IN THE OPEN CONSULTATION
Consultation on a draft Burning Permit Policy was conducted from 1 March to 22 March 2017. Feedback from this process has been reviewed and considered in development of the final draft Burning Permit Policy and proposed township boundaries. This draft will be tabled at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 23 May 2017 for consideration and adoption by Council.
PERMIT APPLICATION FORM FOR BURNING IN THE OPEN
If your burning activity requires a permit, please download and complete a Permit Application Form.
Click here to view the map of Adelaide Hills Council district or click on the below detailed township maps to identify if your property is zoned within a township.
BURNING REQUIREMENTS IN A TOWNSHIP
The table below refers to burning in the open outside the designated Fire Danger Season. Burning must be in accordance with CFS codes of practice for Broad Acre Burning and Vegetation Pile Burning.
|Fire for the preparation of food and beverages.||No permit or permission required. Fuel is charcoal, dry wood, or other dry plant material.|
|Use of a brazier, chiminea or a fire pit for outdoor|
|No permit or permission required. Fuel is restricted to charcoal only.|
|Campfire in the course of camping, scouting or a similar|
outdoor recreational activity.
|Requires Council approval by permit.|
|Burning agricultural or forestry waste.||Requires Council approval by permit.|
|Burning for bushfire hazard reduction.||Requires Council approval by permit.|
|Burning vegetation for any other purpose.||Requires Council approval by permit.|
- The Policy includes rules regulating the sale and installation of wood heaters to target health impacts associated with smoke from wood heaters.
- The Policy requires compliance with various Australian Standards for the sale and installation of all wood heaters, ensuring that wood heaters are engineered to operate efficiently, decreasing emissions to the atmosphere.
- The Policy requires firewood retailers do not sell domestic firewood with a moisture content of greater than 25% (dry weight) to protect the community against excessive smoke from burning of inappropriate fuel.
- There is also a requirement that the owner of a solid fuel heater does not allow excessive smoke to be generated from the heater.
Click here to download the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to download a Permit Application Form
Find information about air quality and the health effects of smoke at:
Air Quality Fact Sheet: Particles (Department of the Environment and Heritage 2005)
Air Quality Fact Sheet: Smoke from biomass burning (Department of the Environment and Heritage 2005)
Environment Protection Authority Air Quality Learning Resources