Permits to Burn

Burn pile

What you need to know

A Permit to Burn is required by the NTFRS year round within their Emergency Response Areas (ERAs).

Not in an NTFRS ERA? Then you will fall under BushfiresNT rules and regulations, contact BushfiresNT for more information.

Permits are available, weather and operational requirements permitting, generally from December to May and requests will only be received during business hours, Monday to Saturday. Burning is not permitted at any time in the municipal areas, such as Darwin and Palmerston etc.

All permits will cease at a date advertised to the public by the NTFRS with closure decisions routinely assessed encompassing all ERAs rather than individual locations (e.g. Humpty Doo).

Applying

Permits to Burn are now available for rural landholders - Litchfield and Katherine residents within NTFRS Emergency Response Areas ONLY.

To obtain a permit contact your local fire station during business hours (weekdays) or volunteer fire brigade (weekends) for inspections and issuing of permits. Strict conditions relate to a Permit to Burn and infringements will be issued for non-compliant burns. 

The NTFRS encourage all landholders to consider alternatives to burning wherever possible.

Requirements vary and are assessed individually on a case by case basis, however they generally necessitate that:

  • there is water on hand;
  • someone monitors the fire until it is completely extinguished;
  • neighbours must be notified at least 48 hours before applying for a Permit to Burn;
  • neighbours must be given a reasonable opportunity to object – this can be done by contacting the Hazard Abatement Officer on 8946 4167;
  • only green waste materials – no rubbish of any type to be burnt; and
  • special conditions on all permits must be adhered to, at all times.

Penalties apply as per the Fire and Emergency Act 2016 for any breach of the conditions on a permit with fines starting at $656.00

It is extremely important that if anyone witnesses unlawful burning, or suspects unlawful burning to be occurring, immediately ring the 24 hour Fire Assistance line and report it. You may be preventing a fire emergency.

Land owners are also encouraged to take advantage of the Street Sign Program, so that properties are easily identifiable in an emergency, not just a fire. Signs are produced at cost (approx. $20 each) and can be obtained from the Humpty Doo Police Station, Humpty Doo Hardware and Virginia Shop.

Contact your local fire station or volunteer fire brigade

NOTE: Other fire districts (like BushfiresNT) within the NT set local policy, governed by the prevailing weather, topography and fuel state.