Pile Burning


Do you have a pile to burn?

Council has adopted a No Burn Policy within the Kiama Municipality. We will only consider applications to burn piles of vegetation that relate to properties performing rural activities. Approval is subject to an inspection by one of our officers taking into account the material being burnt and the impact this activity may have on the local air quality.

The current No Burn Policy does not permit the burning of vegetation on urban or rural residential parcels of land.

Any rural property over 1 acre in size must complete a Pile Burning of Vegetation Approval Request Form to organise an inspection prior to undertaking any pile burning.  (There is a fee attached.) An inspection is usually carried out within a few days of submitting the form.  

Piles to be burned must be constructed in accordance with standards for pile burning as issued by the NSW Rural Fire Service.  You must also notify the Rural Fire Service of your intention to burn and provide them with your permit number.  During the bush fire season (1 October to 31 March) a fire safety permit from the Rural Fire Service is also required and you must contact the Rural Fire Service for this. Contact must be made within the 24 hours prior to burning.  You can phone the Rural Fire Service Monday to Friday on 4230 8200.

Pile burning of dry and dead vegetation should not be seen as the best method for disposing of dry and dead vegetation. Alternative methods of disposal such as re-use, recycling, composting, disposal through the Minnamurra Waste & Recycling Facility, should be thoroughly investigated and are the preferred disposal methods.