Smoke and particles from open air fires can cause a nuisance to neighbours, interfere with normal daily activities and, if severe, can also affect residents’ health. A nuisance exists if a release of odours, gas, fumes, smoke, dust, particles or aerosols on residential premises has caused or is likely to give rise to a risk of:
Open air fire and smoke nuisance includes:
Fire exceeding area greater than two metres
If you are looking at burning an area greater than two metres in any direction, you will require a permit from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).
Open air fire and smoke exemptions
Reducing smoke from open air fires
Reducing smoke from a chimney
Discuss with your neighbour
People are sometimes unaware that their activities are causing a nuisance. Ipswich City Council encourages all residents and business operators to talk to their neighbours first about nuisance problems and only make a complaint if the issue remains unresolved.
Before you proceed with lodging a complaint, please refer to the below questions to see if Council is the appropriate contact for your issue.
If you answered no to all of the questions listed above, please follow the below steps to lodge your complaint with Council. Have the following information ready:
Contact Council by one of the methods below:
Note: If the issue is occurring outside of business hours, the complaint will be actioned by Council’s after-hours patrol officers. Please call when the issue is occurring regardless of the time/day of the week.