Backyard burning

Backyard burning affects our air quality, so the state government has regulations to reduce it. It is not against the law to burn off to reduce fire hazards on properties under 2000m2, but you must only burn:

  • unpainted, untreated and uncontaminated wood;
  • vegetative waste;
  • vegetation;
  • paper;
  • charcoal; or
  • peat.

It must only be burning for the sole or primary purpose of reducing a potential fire hazard and must be burnt in accordance with a permit issued under the Fire Service Act 1979.

If your block is over 2000m2 you must not burn unless the waste is:

  • unpainted, untreated and uncontaminated wood;
  • vegetative waste;
  • vegetation;
  • paper;
  • charcoal; or
  • peat

View more detail about the regulations: Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Distributed Atmospheric Emissions) Regulations 2018 

These Regulations will expire in January 2019 and comment is now sought on the Draft Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Smoke) Regulations 2018. You can view the draft regulations here: Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Tasmania website

Garden waste disposal options

 Instead of burning vegetation, waste, green waste or rubbish, we urge all residents to in one of the following ways:

  • Private waste removal contractors
  • Waste mulching and chipping contractors
  • Home composting
  • Compost bins
  • Worm farms
  • Community groups and service clubs assisting the elderly and infirm.

 

If neighbours are burning off in their backyards and creating a nuisance, you can report this by completing the form online or filling in the form(PDF, 44KB) and returning it in one of the following ways:

  • email: coh@hobartcity.com.au
  • post: City of Hobart, GPO Box 503, Hobart Tasmania 7001
  • in person: Customer Service Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.