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Pile Burns – (Burning in the open)

Burning anything in the open is now strictly regulated and offshore residents need to be aware that it is not permissible at anytime to conduct open air burning unless specific approvals are received.

Our area is one of the very few in the Sydney Basin that has the ability to do our own burns, so please take the time to get your certificate and make your neighbours aware of these requirements as well.

The Application Process

During the fire season (generally the 1st of October to the 31st of March)
eligible residents are required to apply for:

  1. Hazard Reduction Certificate issued by RFS Fire Control – Terrey Hills AND
  2. A Fire Permit – issued by your local Brigade i.e. West Pittwater

During Non-Fire season (generally 1st April to September 30th)

  1. A Hazard Reduction Certificate only is required issued by RFS Fire Control – Terrey Hills

    1. Applying for a Hazard Reduction Certificate

    1. Fill in an Hazard Reduction Certificate Application form
      (guidelines  below).
    2. If you have any questions you can call Scott Molenaar on 02 9450 3000 at Fire Control at Terrey Hills and he will help you, if you ask they turn them around pretty quickly.
    3. On the day you are going to burn call Fire Control on 1800 679 737 to notify them both BEFORE you burn and also AFTER when the pile is fully extinguished.
    4. Also call the brigade on 02 9997 3795 so if we receive 000 calls from concerned residents we will be able to address it quickly without the call escalating to a Fire Call.
    5. Note: All pile burns must be extinguished before sunset

    2. Applying for A Fire Permit

    West Pittwater: Simply call the Station number 02 9997 3795 and this will divert to the duty officer who will organise the certificate for you.

    Scotland Island:: 02 9999 4404
    Coasters Retreat:  0414 849 248
    Mackerel Beach: 02 9974 1162

    If you want someone to do the burn for you contact:
    Matt Gargan on 0422 525 391

    New Penalities Apply

    With pressure from the EPA due to clean air concerns the RFS has had to become more stringent on the application of Fire Permit rules. If you do a pile burn or burn in the open without the necessary permits:

    • The 1st time you will receive a warning letter
    • Any subsequent transgression is a fine of up to $10,000.

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