Permits for Burning Off - Fire Season

Permits for Burning Off

Approval is granted for the issuing of permits from 23 March 2020 to 30 April 2020, subject to compliance with the conditions detailed below:

Blanket permits may be obtained until the end of the fire season, however notification of intent to burn must be made on a daily basis. A permit must be obtained prior to burning off; copies can be obtained in person or email.

The following information MUST be provided when applying for a permit:

  • Name
  • Grid Reference
  • Rural Property Address
  • Nearest Road
  • Property Details
  • What you are burning (grass or stubble)
  • Total area to be burnt for the period of the permit

Permits may be obtained by contacting the Naracoorte Lucindale Council between 8.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday on (08) 8760 1100.


  1. The following conditions are in addition to the conditions prescribed by the Fire and Emergency Services Act and
    Regulations, 2005 as included on the reverse side of the Permit.
  2. Council must be notified of the intent to burn by 10.30am on the morning of burning or by 3.00pm on Friday in
    relation to burning on a Saturday. The following information is required: - permit number, grid reference and
    address of area to be burnt, time of commencement and hectares.
  3. Burning Off is not permitted during the Easter Weekend, Sundays, Public Holidays, Days of Total Fire Ban or where the weather conditions are not deemed safe for burning.
  4. Fires MUST not be lit before 12 noon and MUST be extinguished before 12 midnight on the same day.
  5. Only grass and stubble may be burnt.
  6. Burning of timber is not permitted.
  7. Consider vineyards in the area and burn under appropriate wind conditions to avoid smoke taint.
  8. Minimum of Four (4) able-bodied adults must be present at the fire from the time of lighting until it is extinguished.
    1. 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.
    2. In the event of the Grassland Fire Danger Index (GFDI) exceeding 20 burning off is not permitted. The onus is on the permit holder to monitor the GFDI.
    3. Site is to be monitored for a minimum of 48hrs after the burn to minimise rekindling.
  9. A four (4) metre cleared break to be put around perimeter of paddock and all standing trees and fallen timber.

PENALTIES: Failure to comply with conditions will be expiated $315.00. This expiation is in addition to any penalties that may be applicable under the Fire and Emergency Services Act and Regulations.

The Fire Prevention Officer will carry out random inspections. Where breaches of permit conditions are detected prosecutions may

Permit to Burn Within 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)

To view your township boundary click here.

Permits are required for burning within the pink shaded areas on the maps.

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.

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