Burning on Domestic Premises


Indoor Wood Heaters

Although indoor wood heaters are a comfort during the colder weather, the smoke from these solid fuel heaters can have a detrimental impact on the health of neighbours as well as create an environmental nuisance. Wood smoke contains particles that are harmful to you, your family and your neighbours. If you can smell it, you’re already breathing it.

If you are using solid fuel heaters you must ensure they are operated correctly and efficiently and the firewood is fit for purpose when buying. Firewood with a moisture content of no higher than 20 percent should be used.

Tips for reducing smoke pollution include:

  • Burn only dry, seasoned wood. Never burn rubbish, driftwood, painted or treated wood.
  • Store firewood somewhere that’s dry.
  • Keep air vents open for 20 minutes after starting and reloading the fire.
  • Check that there is no smoke from the flue 10 minutes after starting the fire.

For more information, please read the Burn Better For Good Brochure(311 kb) or visit www.epa.sa.gov.au.

All solid fuel heaters sold and installed in South Australia must comply with relevant Australian standards.

Outdoor Burning

Although people may enjoy an outdoor fire, they may have others in their neighbourhood that are elderly, have respiratory diseases or have young children where exposure to smoke may cause considerable health impacts. Please be aware of the rules around burning in the open, by reading the Laws for Burning in the Open Brochure(691 kb) or visit www.epa.sa.gov.au.

Fires for the preparation of food

Burning wood for the primary purpose of cooking is allowed, however the fire must be proportionate to the food being prepared.

Incinerators & Backyard Burning

Under the provisions of the EPA Burning Policy 1994 lighting or maintaining fires in the open or in incinerators is prohibited on domestic premises.

Fire Hazard Reduction

Under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005, the owner of any land within the boundaries of Campbelltown City Council must take reasonable steps to protect property on the land from fire, and to prevent or inhibit the outbreak of fire, or the spread of fire.

Property owners must cut/slash, before 1st December, any grass, weeds or other growth, which may become flammable during the Fire Danger Season. Failure to comply with any notice issued by Council under Fire & Emergency Services Act 2005 to destroy flammable undergrowth will result in Council carrying out the work and recovering the cost from the land owner. The Fire Danger Season is from 1 December to 30 April each year.

Vacant Land

Owners of vacant land are reminded they need to ensure that they maintain their blocks regularly throughout the year. Blocks that are not maintained become overgrown and may become a fire risk during the summer months. Unmaintained blocks also attract vermin and illegal dumping which in turn can create a nuisance to neighbours.

Penalties may apply to blocks that are not cleared by the start of the fire danger season.


Fireworks requests in relation to private land should be directed to: Safework SA, GPO Box 465, Adelaide SA 5001. Application forms and further information can be found on Safework SA's website. Reports about illegal fireworks on private property should be directed to SA Police on 131 444.

Fireworks requests in relation to Council land should be made in writing and addressed to Chief Executive Officer, Campbelltown City Council, PO Box 1, Campbelltown SA 5074.  Enquiries should be directed to Council's Fire Prevention Officer on 8366 9227.

For further information visit the EPA website or contact Council’s Fire Prevention Officer on 8366 9227.

PO Box 1, Campbelltown SA 5074 | 172 Montacute Rd, Rostrevor SA 5073
(08) 8366 9222|mail@campbelltown.sa.gov.au| ABN 37 379 133 969
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