Central Coast Council Open Pile Burning Policy aims to beat possible early start to bushfire season.

HAZARD REDUCTION: Central Coast property owners are permitted to carry out pile burns on large properties without a permit, subject to conditions. Picture: Dean Sewell
HAZARD REDUCTION: Central Coast property owners are permitted to carry out pile burns on large properties without a permit, subject to conditions. Picture: Dean Sewell

CENTRAL Coast Council has taken steps to allow residents to undertake pile burning on large properties without the need for a council permit because of the possibility of an earlier start to the bushfire season.

"Large property landowners, within prescribed zones across the Central Coast are allowed to carry out open pile burning of dry and dead vegetation on their property subject to a number of conditions," the council said in a statement today.

It follows council's adoption of the Central Coast Open Pile Burning Policy in May, and Council's recent notification to the NSW Environment Protection Authority that Council would allow residents to undertake open pile burning due to the likelihood of an earlier bushfire season.

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Council is awaiting the formal amendment of the Protection of the Environment (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 in line with its Open Pile Burning Policy.

"Landowners do not require a permit to undertake open pile burning from council, but they must provide 24 hours notice of their intention to undertake open pile burning to either NSW Rural Fire Service Central Coast District Office, Fire and Rescue NSW Central Coast Office, or their local fire station," the council spokesperson said.

Vegetation burning must be undertaken in a safe manner and follow the conditions of consent set out in the council's Open Pile Burning Policy.

"These conditions include land parcels greater than 4000 square metres within prescribed zones, the size of vegetation piles, safety precautions, minimising smoke hazard, notification to adjacent property occupiers and adherence to total fire ban periods."

Search open pile burning at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au for more information.

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