Property owners can burn tree branches and vegetative material on their premises if their allotment is greater than 4,000 square metres in area and zoned Rural RU1, RU2, RU3, RU5 and Large Lot Residential R5 under Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan 2013. However, permission to burn tree waste on approved properties is subject to the following conditions:
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No. Burning general waste is prohibited under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010.
No. Open burning in the Singleton LGA is permitted only in the following circumstances:
Approval to burn in the open during the Statutory Bush Fire Danger Period is subject to a permit from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and any additional conditions contained in the permit.
Authorised Officers of Council and certain officers of other authorities are empowered to serve Penalty Infringement Notices where it can be established that there has been a breach of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010.The fines associated with Penalty Infringement Notices are set by the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010.