You will need 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:
- 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 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.