Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate - New South Wales


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

  • impact upon native vegetation
  • threaten endangered species
  • 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.

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
  • 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
  • any other information as required.

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


Might Need

Fire Permit


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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

No fees are required unless a Fire Permit is needed.

Act(s) name

Rural Fires Act 1997 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Rural Fires Regulation 2013 New South Wales

Lodgement process


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

Additional information

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

  • retaining certain trees
  • removing vegetation to protect historic relics
  • warning neighbours of smoke
  • treating machinery to prevent weeds spreading.

Administering agency

Department of Community Services and Justice

NSW Rural Fire Service

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:


NSW Rural Fire Service

Department of Community Services and Justice

New South Wales
Mailing address: Locked Bag 17
New South Wales 2142
Toll Free: 1800 679 737
Phone: 02 8741 5555
Fax: 02 8741 5550
Email: webmaster@rfs.nsw.gov.au