Backyard fires (smoke & fumes)

Backyard fires are a risk to your own and neighbouring properties if they get out of hand and can also produce smoke and fumes that are a nuisance to the neighbourhood.

You are not allowed to "burn off" in your backyard unless you have obtained a permit through the Queensland Fire & Emergency Service (QFES). Burning off includes burning garden or other rubbish in an incinerator, on vacant land or on road reserve.

You are not allowed to light or maintain a fire in open air except for the purposes of cooking.  Even if you are cooking, you must still ensure that the fire does not cause smoke nuisance, irritation, annoyance or distress to others.

Council can issue a $609 fine to anyone lighting a fire that doesn't comply with the above.

When investigating complaints about smoke and fumes, Council considers:

  • The amount of smoke or fumes being emitted
  • How long the smoke or fumes is emitted for, and the smoke's or fumes characteristics and qualities
  • The sensitivity of the environment into which the smoke or fumes is being emitted and the impact that it has had or may have
  • The view of other neighbours or complainants

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Last updated: 20 September 2016