Smoke and particles from open-air fires can cause a nuisance to neighbours, interfere with normal daily activities and, if severe, can also affect your health. Open air fire and smoke nuisance includes:
Under Ipswich City Council’s Local Law No. 8 (Nuisances and Community Health and Safety) 2013 a nuisance exists if a fire has been lit and maintained in the open air on premises in a residential area, except where the fire:
Council is responsible for regulating environmental nuisance within the community. Under Local Law No. 8 (Nuisances and Community Health and Safety) 2013 a nuisance exists if a release of odours, gas, fumes, smoke, dust, particles or aerosols on residential premises has (in an authorised person’s opinion) caused or is likely to give rise to a risk of:
Once a complaint is received, a Council officer may visit the premises. If the officer reasonably believes that the owner or occupier is required to take specific action to control the nuisance, a notice to comply will be issued. Failure to comply with the notice may result in a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) being issued.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) fulfil a supervisory role in relation to the lighting of fires in the open air and do not allow fires which exceed two meters in any direction without a specific permit. A permit to light a fire is required for any fire that exceeds two meters in any direction and can be acquired free of charge from your local fire warden. The lighting of fires for any purpose is banned during any declared fire ban or state of fire emergency.
In order to reduce potentially harmful or illegal smoke emissions from your property:
Should you wish to lodge a complaint regarding open air fire and smoke infringements visit Council's Complaints webpage and follow Council's complaints process.