Fire Permit - New South Wales

Service summary

You may require this permit if you intend to light a fire on your property for purposes such as land clearance or the creation of fire breaks. This permit is designed to ensure that the fire is managed safely and can impose conditions on the way a fire is lit and maintained.

Whether you require a permit will depend on the exact nature of your activities, for example if the proposed fire:

  • May be dangerous to a building; or
  • Will be lit during a bush fire danger period (approximately from 1 October to 31 March; this period may vary according to local conditions).

This permit is not required if the proposed fire is for heating or cooking purposes as long as it meets certain conditions, such as the fire is:

  • In a permanently constructed fireplace;
  • Lit on a site surrounded by a minimum of two metres cleared ground; or
  • Completely extinguished before leaving.

Please note that:

  • Even if you have received this permit there are certain days when you cannot light a fire, such as No Burn days or when there is a Total Fire Ban in force;
  • This permit will only be issued for properties in rural NSW; and
  • Depending on which Fire District you live in, fire permits are issued by Fire & Rescue NSW stations or the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Maximum of 21 days.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Fire Permit - Please consult directly with the NSW Rural Fire Service for a copy of this document.

Administering agency

Department of Justice
NSW Rural Fire Service

Act(s) name

Rural Fires Act 1997 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Rural Fires Regulation 2013 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Department of Justice
NSW Rural Fire Service

Operating address:
15 Carter Street
New South Wales 2141
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 17
New South Wales 2142




02 87415555


02 87415550

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