Fire Permit - New South Wales


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 either:

  • may be dangerous to a building
  • 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 either:

  • in a permanently constructed fireplace
  • lit on a site surrounded by a minimum of two metres cleared ground
  • 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
  • depending on which Fire District you live in, fire permits are issued by Fire & Rescue NSW stations or the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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


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Act(s) name

Rural Fires Act 1997 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Rural Fires Regulation 2013 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Communities and Justice

NSW Rural Fire Service

Contact details

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