Backyard Burning & Woodheaters

Smoke from the burning of wood, such as backyard burns or wood heaters can contribute to excessive levels of fine particles in the air, which are known to increase the incidence of heart and respiratory diseases.

Smoke can also be an environmental nuisance for neighbours.

There are specific regulations relating the improving the air quality within Tasmania:

Backyard Burning

Backyard burning was once a very common practice however is now banned in residential areas. The regulations on what, where and when you can have a backyard burn can be found here.


During the colder months excessive smoke from woodheaters is a common complaint between neighbours.

The Environmental Protection Authority’s regulations on wood heater emissions set out the do’s and don’t relating to the use of woodheaters, how to reduce woodsmoke and the processes to be used by Council Officers when dealing with woodsmoke complaints.

Clean air quality is an important resource for everyone, and as such both the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) both have air quality monitoring stations results and useful information guides on their websites:

For further information or advice you can contact Council’s Environmental Health Department on 03 6424 0511.

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