Fire Hazards

We need your assistance and cooperation to abate potential fire hazards, such as vegetation or other materials, in Dorset.


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.