Kingston District Council, South East, South Australia

Changes to Burning in the Open

New provisions in the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 aim to minimise smoke impacts in populated areas by providing stronger controls on burning in built-up areas where more people are exposed, and apply year-round.  These new laws operate alongside existing laws that apply during the Fire Danger Season under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005.

If you live INSIDE the Kingston SE or Cape Jaffa townships 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 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).

If you live OUTSIDE of townships, you can:

- Use a fire for the preparation of food or beverages.

- Use a brazier, chiminea or fire pit for outdoor domestic heating.

- Campfire.

- Burn agricultural or forestry waste (vegetation) – must comply with relevant CFS Code of Practice.

- Burn off for bushfire hazard reduction (vegetation) – must comply with relevant CFS Code of Practice.

If you need to use fire in the open air during the Fire Danger Period or on a day of Total Fire Ban you may require a separate permit under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005.  Where a permit is issued under the Fire and Emergency Services Act the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 does not apply.

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

Application for Permit for Burning in the Open(510 kb)

Township Boundary - Kingston(17813 kb)

Township Boundary - Cape Jaffa(19170 kb)

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