Report potential fire hazards


City of Hobart officers visit properties during the fire permit period as declared by the Tasmania Fire Service to check for fire hazards on private land.

Properties inspected include:

  • those known to be in a high fire risk area
  • properties about which we have received reports of possible fire hazards
  • properties referred to us by the Tasmania Fire Service. 

We understand property owners can manage their own properties but when they become a fire hazard, the City of Hobart is legally obliged to manage the risk.

If a property has a fire hazard, the City will issue land owners with a Fire Hazard Abatement Notice by registered mail. This notice identifies the hazard and states what action needs to be taken and when. If the registered mail is not collected within six days, a second copy of the notice is displayed at the property itself.

If you believe there is a fire hazard on someone else’s property you can report it by phone on 03 6238 2886 or via email Please include details of the property and the hazard. All reports are kept confidential.

Responding to a notice

If you, as a land owner, have received a notice, you must complete the works detailed by the due date. 

If you cannot complete the work yourself, it is recommended you seek service providers or contractors to undertake the work for you. You can find a contractor in your area by searching for ‘tree shrub removal’ or ‘garden and lawn maintenance’ in your web browser or in the Yellow Pages

The City offers a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) green waste collection service for lawn clippings and garden waste. 

Extensions to the due date of a Fire Hazard Abatement Notice are only provided in extreme circumstances. If you require an extension please contact us as soon as possible.

If the hazard is not removed, the City will take action to ensure the property is made safe. The City may engage a contractor to undertake vegetation clearance and hazard reduction on the property on your behalf. Any costs associated with the necessary works, along with an administration fee, will be charged to the land owner.

It is important to clear any hazards exactly as has been requested. If work to clear the hazard is not complete, a Failure to Comply notice will be issued.

More information

City Amenity Division
Phone: 03 6238 2886

The following websites may provide useful information before and during the fire season.