Brazier and fire pit heating trial

From 1 June to 31 August 2020, Council is trialling the allowance of outdoor fires for heating purposes in small braziers or constructed fire pits off the ground with proper aeration of the fire, provided:

  • the brazier or fire pit is not causing a smoke impact on neighbours and the residents of other nearby premises
  • the fire is contained in a brazier or fire pit which is constructed so as to prevent the escape of fire or any burning material contained within
  • the brazier or fire pit is not on the ground and is of a design that allows the flow of air into the fire from below and the sides of the fire to enable oxygenation and minimise the production of smoke
  • the fire is at least 2.5 metres away from:
    • other flammable and combustible materials (organic and inorganic) on the property and on adjacent properties, including vegetation
    • every property boundary and the outermost projection of any nearby buildings or structures
  • the fire is not under a roof or other covering; Fires on balconies are not permitted, other than a gas barbeque where not causing smoke or odour nuisance
  • the fire is made using only clean, dry, properly seasoned wood or charcoal or other smokeless fuel such as gas
  • painted or treated wood, plastics or any other rubbish must not be burnt as these emit hazardous chemicals
  • a responsible person over the age of 18 is in attendance at the fire at all times and until the time that the fire is completely extinguished
  • the fire is never left unattended and children are actively supervised when around the fire
  • only one brazier or fire pit is used on a property at any one time
  • the fire is put out with water. Do not cover with sand or dirt or let the fire burn out overnight
  • the fire has not been lit during a total fire ban issued by the QFES or in contravention of any other fire restriction issued by the QFES
  • the fire must have minimal flame height
  • does not breach the Environmental Protection Act 1994 by causing an environment nuisance, and 
  • a reasonable and prudent person would not otherwise consider that the fire is causing unacceptable risk of harm to a person(s), or risk of damage to property or protected vegetation.

A brazier is a portable heater, designed to hold hot coals, generally taking the form of an upright standing or hanging metal bowl or box. It always has sides but does not always have a roof or a grill. It is predominately used for heating purposes only.

Read about how to minimise smoke from backyard burning

Smoke, ash or fumes complaints

If a brazier or fire pit is causing a smoke, ash or fume issue, you can find information on what you can do, including lodging a complaint, on the smoke, ash and fumes complaints page

Last updated:9 July 2020