Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this certificate of you intend to carry out bush fire hazard reduction work on private land that involves burning on bush fire prone land or could:

  • Impact upon native vegetation;
  • Threaten endangered species; or
  • Result in air or water pollution, or soil erosion.

Bush fire hazard reduction work can involve clearing vegetation by hand, mechanical means or burning.

The relevant local Council or NSW Rural Fire Service will be able to inform you whether your property is considered to be bush fire prone land.

Please note that this is an environmental approval and that your certificate may be subject to certain conditions, such as:

  • Retaining certain trees;
  • Removing vegetation to protect historic relics;
  • Warning neighbours of smoke; or
  • Treating machinery to prevent weeds spreading.

Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificates:

  • Are not required for agricultural activities such as stubble burning, burning sugar cane, burning diseased crops, orchard pruning and grazing; and
  • Will not be issued for areas that are particularly environmentally sensitive, such as a rainforest or wetland.

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

To be eligible for this certificate you must supply the authority with relevant information, this may include:

  • The area of your property;
  • Items that you are intending to protect;
  • Intended method of reducing fuel; and
  • Any other information as required.

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


Might need

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A certificate becomes effective on the date endorsed on the certificate and operates for the period specified in the certificate.



No fees are required.



Your application can be lodged with either the relevant local Council or the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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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