Permits to Burn

Burn pile

What you need to know

A Permit to Burn is required by the NTFRS year round within their Emergency Response Areas (ERAs).

To help reduce the spread of coronavirus, permits to burn are currently only available to landholders by calling their local fire station and the permit being emailed to the landholder. At this time volunteer fire brigades will not be issuing permits to burn.

Contact your local fire station

Permits are available generally from December to May, weather and operational requirements permitting. Requests are only processed during business hours, Monday to Saturday. Burning is not permitted at any time in the municipal areas, such as Darwin and Palmerston etc.

All permits will cease at a date advertised to the public by the NTFRS with closure decisions routinely assessed encompassing all ERAs rather than individual locations (e.g. Humpty Doo).

Not in an NTFRS ERA?

Then you will fall under Bushfires NT rules and regulations, please contact the Bushfires NT main office on (08) 8922 0844 for more information.



Permits to burn are now available to Litchfield Council landholders only within NTFRS Emergency Response Areas. Requests for permits to burn will only be received between 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday to Saturday.

To help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, permits to burn are available to landholders by calling their local fire station with the permit to be emailed to the landholder. At this time volunteer fire brigades are not issuing permits to burn.

Strict conditions relate to a Permit to Burn and infringements will be issued for non-compliant burns. 

The NTFRS encourage all landholders to consider alternatives to burning wherever possible.

Requirements vary and are assessed individually on a case by case basis; however, they generally necessitate that:

  • there is water on hand
  • someone monitors the fire until it is completely extinguished
  • neighbours must be notified at least 48 hours before applying for a Permit to Burn
  • neighbours must be given a reasonable opportunity to object – this can be done by contacting the Station Officer Fire Prevention (08) 8946 4191
  • only green waste materials – no rubbish of any type to be burnt
  • special conditions on all permits must be adhered to, at all times.

Penalties apply as per the Fire and Emergency Act 2016 for any breach of the conditions on a permit with fines starting at $656.00

It is extremely important that if anyone witnesses unlawful burning, or suspects unlawful burning to be occurring, immediately ring the 24 hour Fire Assistance line and report it. You may be preventing a fire emergency.

Land owners are also encouraged to take advantage of the Street Sign Program, so that properties are easily identifiable in an emergency, not just a fire. Signs are produced at cost (approx. $20 each) and can be obtained directly from Norsign located at 7 Brooker St Winnellie.

Contact your local fire station or volunteer fire brigade

NOTE: Other fire districts (like Bushfires NT) within the Northern Territory set local policy, governed by the prevailing weather, topography and fuel state.