Fire safety

Through an ongoing auditing program, particular emphasis is placed on inspecting existing high density residential development such as flats, aged care and motel accommodation.

These developments present a high risk to life in the event of a fire and may need to be upgraded to ensure the safety of the occupants.

Development Applications and Construction Certificate Applications lodged with Council are also assessed to ensure the proposed buildings will comply with the fire safety requirements of the Building Code of Australia.

Essential fire safety measures

Buildings which contain essential fire safety measures such as hose reels, hydrants, exit signs, portable fire extinguishers, fire and smoke alarms and the like are required to have an Annual Fire Safety Statement submitted to Council and the NSW Fire Brigades.

Our Fire Safety Officers work to ensure that the owners of all buildings that contain these items are aware of their obligation under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act,1979.

Smoke Alarms

From 1 November 2006, it became an offence not to have smoke alarms in all homes and other shared accommodation buildings where people sleep.

For more information please click on the following highlighted link to the NSW Fire Brigades website:

Backyard Burning


Backyard burning is not allowed in the Liverpool local government area. This includes all of the rural area.

Backyard burning includes the burning of any material such as household rubbish, building material and garden waste:

  • In open fires in residential yards, on the street and in other public places
  • In domestic incinerators
  • In incinerators in home unit blocks

Liverpool local government area (LGA) is declared as a no burn area under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2002.

At no time can you burn the following:

  • Rubbish, recyclable material, building material or garden waste - please use the waste services provided by Council to dispose of this material, if you have additional material please phone Council to discuss alternatives
  • Dead animals - the Eastern Creek Waste Management Facility will accept dead animals, you need to phone before-hand to arrange disposal.

Why is backyard burning banned?

Backyard burning has been banned due to contributing to approximately one third of Sydney's unsightly brown haze.

It also can lead to:

  • Foul odours
  • Fallout of particulates
  • Emissions of potentially hazardous substances - for example fumes from burning plastics and treated timber.

This in turn has potential public and environmental health implications for the whole community.


The penalties for the burning of any material are substantial. Individuals risk 'on the spot fines' of $500.  Corporations risk fines of $1,000.

Corporations responsiblef or fire outbreaks requiring emergency incident response face penalties of up to $1,000,000 plue a further $120,000 for each day the offence occurs, while individuals face penalties of up to $250,000 plus $60,000 for each day the offence occurs.

Fire bans

During a TOTAL FIRE BAN, no fire may be lit in the open. This includes incinerators and barbecues, which burn solid fuel such as wood, charcoal or barbecue briquettes.

You may use a gas or electric barbecue, but only if:

  • It is on a residential property within 20m of the house or dwelling
  • It is under the direct control of a responsible adult
  • The ground within 3m of the barbecue is cleared of all materials which could burn
  • You have a continuous supply of water available.

When is a total fire ban declared?

Total fire bans are declared on days of extreme fire danger caused by a combination of certain weather conditions and dry vegetation.

Radio and television stations usually advise if a total fire ban has been declared.

How long do fire bans last?

The Rural Fire Service Commissioner can declare a total fire ban and the length of the ban is at his or the authorities 19 determination.

Penalty for offences

For lighting or causing a fire during a Total Fire Ban

  • Up to $5,000 fine and / or up to 5 years in jail
  • Higher penalties can apply in certain circumstances.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may from time to time declare No Burn Days. The same rules apply as for a total fire ban.

Remember in an emergency 13 dial 000.

For more information you can contact:

NSW Rural Fire Service Liverpool
02 9821 9300

Rural Fire Service Information Hotline
1800 654 443

Rural Fire Service Fire Information Line (recorded message)
02 9898 1356

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
131 555

Liverpool City Council
1300 36 2170