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.
Burning of suitable materials is permitted on blocks over 2000 sqm only, and regulations apply in these circumstances. Should you choose this method, please take due consideration of conditions on the day including wind direction, moisture content of materials to be burnt and proximity of neighbouring properties. It is advised to notify neighbours that may be impacted regarding dates and duration also.
Please take note of the current regulations for controlling smoke from your wood heater. This will provide a better environment for everybody in the community: Wood Heater Regulations.
Further advice on healthy and efficient operation of wood heaters can be found under EPA’s Burn Brighter Program
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