Approval to Use an Incinerator or Burn in the Open Air - Shoalhaven City Council - New South Wales


You may require this approval if you intend to burn vegetation or other types of waste in the open or using an incinerator. Burning waste and vegetation in open fires and incinerators can cause smoke, which is a major cause of air pollution. This approval is required to help manage the air pollution issues associated with burning.

Local Council areas in NSW have different rules regarding burning. For instance, you may require approval from either the Council or the State Authority if you intend to undertake open air burning.

Schedule 8 of the Regulation lists what rules apply to which local Council area. You can find this as an attached document. Please note that:

  • if you intend to burn vegetation to clear a bushfire hazard then you need a Bushfire Hazard Reduction Certificate instead of this approval
  • you will also require a separate fire permit to light a fire during Bush Fire Danger periods
  • you need to provide notification to the fire service and the owners of any neighbouring properties at least 24 hours prior to your planned burn.

Please consult the Council or State Authority 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 approval you will need to provide details of your planned burn. Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $259.00

Act(s) name

Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 New South Wales

Administering agency

Shoalhaven City Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries Officer

Shoalhaven City Council

Operating address: 36 Bridge Road
Nowra, New South Wales 2541
Mailing address: PO BOX 42
Nowra, New South Wales 2541
Phone: 02 4429 3111
Fax: 02 4422 1816
Website: Shoalhaven City Council (Opens in new window)