New Policy Controls Open Burning

With the bushfire season some time off, some residents on larger blocks of land can now apply for approval to burn vegetation on their properties. A new Council policy provides valuable guidance to landholders who wish to burn off.

Lithgow Council has developed a new Policy to manage open burning in a manner that endeavours to minimise health and environmental impacts. Under the new policy, approval may be sought from Council for open burning of vegetation.   On larger rural land over 4,000 square metres, approval may not be required at all.

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said today “Whilst the burning of rubbish on most properties is not permitted, the burning of vegetation on larger lots may be a viable option for some residents. Council’s new Open Burning Policy provides guidance to residents who wish to conduct ‘open burns’ or ‘pile burns’ on their properties.”

“During bushfire season a permit must be obtained from the Rural Fire Fire Service (RFS) and in all cases both neighbours and the RFS must be notified” added Mayor Statham.

The approval regime is aimed at vegetation generated on a property where disposal at a waste facility is not viable. Approval will not be granted to burn general rubbish or materials such as coated wires, tyres, paint containers, treated timbers or any material that may cause an explosion.

There are some exceptions to the burning controls with further information available on Council’s website www.council.lithgow.com or by contacting Council’s Environment Section on 6354 9999.

To provide environmental protection & leadership and ‘Enhancing our Natural Environment’ are part of the Community Strategic Plan 2026 by protecting public health and the environment in the Lithgow Local Government area.

Contact:

Mr Andrew Muir
Group Manager Environment & Development
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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