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Fire danger/block clearing process

What can council do regarding vacant blocks which are overgrown with grass?

Under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 (SA), owners of vacant land are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to prevent the outbreak or the spread of fire on the vacant land by regularly clearing and maintaining the land throughout the whole year.

When is the Fire Danger Season and what do I need to know?

Each year a Fire Danger Season is set. The Fire Danger Season for Adelaide Metropolitan has not been announced by the CFS however fire season generally commences on 1 December unless bought forward.

A letter is sent to owners of vacant land before the Fire Danger Season begins advising of the importance to clear the land. A second letter is sent as the Fire Season begins.

For further information please visit the CFS website on the link below.

What happens next and non-compliance?

All vacant land within the City of Marion is inspected by Community Safety Inspectors after the date specified in the letter by which we request all land be cleared.

If a parcel of vacant land is found to pose a risk of the outbreak or spread of fire, the owner of the land may be issued with a legal order under the Fire and Emergency Services Act requiring necessary steps to be taken to reduce the risk of fire.

If the necessary steps are not taken, then the City of Marion will take the required steps and the costs will be passed on to owner of the land.

An expiation notice for non compliance may also be issued.

The City of Marion has the authority under the Act mentioned above to take whatever steps necessary including the issue of legal orders and the recovery of any associated costs (legal or other) from the owner if the requirements of the Act are not met.

Further information

For further information, please contact:

City of Marion

Community Health and Safety

In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047

Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046