Fire Management

The fire danger season in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide Metropolitan Fire District areas commences on 1 December 2020 and will run until 30 April 2021.

During the fire danger season burning in the open (vegetation pile burning) is not permitted.

Certain burning activities are still allowed on both metropolitan and non-metropolitan premises during the fire danger season (other than on a day declared Total Fire Ban Day), these include; fires being lit for food preparation, in accordance with specific conditions.  

Such conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Minimum 4 metre clearance from all flammable materials
  • Adequate water or other extinguishing device is at hand
  • The fire is supervised by a responsible person (18 years of age or over) at all times whilst lit
  • Burning of charcoal only (not wood) for warmth, such as in a brazier, fire pit or chiminea
  • Burning principally for the preparation of food (fire must be of a size and built in a way that reasonably corresponds to that purpose).
  • Burning within a dwelling, such as in a fireplace

Subject to the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 and By-law 6 Foreshores , a portable gas or electric barbeque can be used on the foreshore in an area that is clear of flammable material for a distance of four metres.  

Find out more about burning activities during the fire danger season and to check daily Fire Ban information visit the CFS website.

All enquiries relating to fireworks are to be directed to the CFS only.


Permit information

Burning activities requiring a Schedule 9 permit

Schedule 9 permits can be issued for fire and activities on days during Fire Danger Season that are NOT declared a Total Fire Ban. Such activities include the use of angle grinders, welding or oxy cutting equipment.

All applications for a permit must be submitted online a minimum 3 business days prior.

PLEASE NOTE: Schedule 9 permits are NOT valid for a day that is declared a Total Fire Ban. 

Declared Total Fire Ban days – Schedule 10 permit

Schedule 10 permits are required for any open flame or hot works and are usually only issued for emergency works that need to occur on Total Fire Ban days and will generally not be issued for cooking activities or domestic use.

Schedule 10 permits will only be issued under specific circumstances (the previous approval of a Schedule 9 permit will NOT guarantee approval of a Schedule 10 permit).

All applications for a permit must be submitted online. 

For further information regarding burning activities and the permissions required during Fire Danger Season, refer to the CFS website.

For more information please contact the Fire Prevention Team on 8384 0666 or email 

Schedule 9 - apply

Please ensure you have read and understood the Schedule 9 permit information before submitting your application. 

Schedule 10 - apply

Please ensure you have read and understood the Schedule 10 permit information before submitting your application.