Fire Hazard Abatement


All councils in Tasmania have a role to identify and address a number of nuisances which may affect the public.

Property owners may determine for themselves how to manage their properties up to the point where it becomes a clear risk to their neighbours. The Huon Valley Council’s Inspectors are trained to recognise fire risks, and are able to determine the most practical way to manage the risk.

Councils are provided with the power to issue an Abatement Notice when an inspection shows there is, or is likely to be, a nuisance on private property that presents an immediate risk to life or property on adjoining land within their council area (e.g. a fire risk). This legislation, the Local Government Act 1993, also assigns councils with the responsibility to take action to abate a nuisance at the owner’s expense, if the owner does not do so inside a specified time.





What is the process?

Early in the fire season, Huon Valley Council sends reminder letters to all property owners who received Abatement Notices for fire risks in the previous season.

The Council conducts inspections of properties to make sure known fire risks are managed. This includes instances where Council is alerted to perceived fire risks by the public, or which are reported by the Tasmania Fire Service.

If a fire risk is located, an Abatement Notice will be sent to the property owner. This notice describes the fire risk and sets the deadline for removing it.  If the fire risk has not been properly removed by the due date, the property owner is notified that the deadline has passed and that the Council will arrange a contractor to remove the fire risk on the owner’s behalf.  An invoice for the cost of the work is sent to the property owner.

What do I do if I think there is a hazard on a property?

Contact the Huon Valley Council by email, phone (03) 6264 0300 or in person at the Customer Service Centre.

Council manages the complainant’s expectations of feedback concerning progress of any abatement action in accordance with the privacy rights of the land owner against whom the complaint regarding fire risk has been made.

What do I do if I receive a notice?

Contact the Huon Valley Council by email, phone (03) 6264 0300 or in person at the Customer Service Centre for advice.

Can Council recommend anyone to do the work for me on my property?

Council can put you in touch with a suitable private contractor for hazard clearing works.

What do I do if I can't fix my hazard in time?

You will need to contact Council’s Compliance Unit before the deadline to remove the fire risk has passed. Each case will be assessed according to the circumstances.

What is the cost to me if the council clears the hazard on my property?

The costs vary depending on the size and type of fire risk, the time required to remove the fire risk and the equipment required.