Controlled Burning

The burning of waste is an illegal practice and is an offence. However, a temporary exemption is available to farmers who are permitted to burn uncontaminated (free of dangerous substances, preservatives or other artificial impregnation or coating) wood, trees, tree trimmings, leaves, brush, or other similar waste generated by agricultural practices in controlled circumstances. Burning of such wastes arising from agricultural activities may only be undertaken as a final measure following the application of the following waste hierarchy:

  • waste arisings are reduced in accordance with best agricultural practice,
  • waste is reused where practicable,
  • waste is recycled through shredding and use as compost or wood chippings, where practicable, and
  • waste is salvaged for use as fuel where practicable.


Statutory notification of the Local Authority in relation to controlled burning must be completed using the ‘Notice of Controlled Burning form available here The location, time and duration should be provided.


The following fire safety precautions should be considered:

  • Burning should be commenced as early as possible in the day.
  • A suitable fire break should be made around the area/waste to be burned.
  • Check the weather forecast and do not burn in exceptionally dry conditions.
  • If possible have a sufficient mobile water supply available.
  • If fires get out of control and poses a risk to buildings or woodlands, call the Fire Brigade immediately by dialing 999 or 112.
  • Before leaving the area, make sure that the fire is completely out.