Dorset Council is aware that material may not burn in it's current state; however, we try to ensure that hazardous material is removed before it may threaten neighbouring properties. To report a potential fire hazard, please contact the Dorset Council on 03 6352 6500.
In accordance with the provisions of Section 200 of the Local Government Act 1993, a property on which a statutory nuisance exists can be issued with an Abatement Notice. Failure to comply with an Abatement Notice will constitute an offence under Section 200 (3) of the Act. Persons may be liable for a fine of up to $2,000. Under Section 201 of the Local Government Act 1993, if the Notice is not complied with, Dorset Council may enter upon the land and carry out the works required at the owners' expense. In relation to certain matters in Section 202 of the Local Government Act 1993, a landowner or occupier has the right to appeal to a magistrate against a Notice issued.
For information on emergency fire situations, fire alerts, fire permits, fire bans, and registered planned burns, please refer to the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) website here. The TFS website includes a list and details of Current Bushfires in Tasmania.
Smoke from backyard burning can cause adverse public health effects as well as environmental nuisance. Council recommend that green waste is disposed of at a Waste Transfer Station rather than burnt – click here to see Waste Transfer Station opening hours.
If you are concerned about the emission of smoke from the yard of a neighbouring property it is best to discuss the problem first with your neighbour and try to find a solution. Your neighbour may not be aware that their fire is affecting you or that they are generally not permitted to burn off if on a property that is less than 2000 square metres.
If you cannot reach an agreement after speaking with your neighbour, you can contact Council for advice. You will need to provide your name, address and contact information as well as details about the address of the alleged offender and the nature of the smoke nuisance. In an emergency fire situation, please contact the Tasmania Fire Service on Triple Zero (000).
For more information on the regulations concerning backyard burning please view the Rules for Backyard Burning factsheet.
Wood Heater Smoke
The emission of smoke from your wood heater can pollute the air and become an environmental nuisance to neighbours. You can help keep Dorset’s air clean by correctly operating your wood heater. View this step-by-step guide for tips on improving wood heater use to reduce smoke from your chimney.
If you are concerned about the emission of smoke from a neighbours chimney it is best to discuss the problem with them first and try to find a solution, often your neighbours will not realise their smoke is affecting you!
If you cannot reach an agreement after talking to your neighbour, you can contact Council for advice. You will need to provide your name, address and contact information as well as details about the address of the alleged offender and the nature of the smoke nuisance.
For more information on the regulations concerning smoke from wood heaters and fireplaces please view the Rules for Wood-Fired Heating & Cooking factsheet and the Smoke Regulations & Wood Heating FAQ brochure.
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