Requirements: Fireworks display locations

Not every location is suited for a fireworks display, and most urban properties will be unable to meet the minimum ‘safe firing distances’ required. You can use thelist.tas.gov.au to obtain accurate distances.

‘Safe firing distances’ for Type 2 ‘Cracker Night’ Fireworks Permit

Application for a permit will be refused if not met

10 metres

Aerial fireworks trajectory:

  • above-ground power lines
  • above-ground communications cables
  • streetlamp poles or flagpoles
  • gantries, cranes or similar high structures
  • tall trees

Firing location(s):

  • spectator areas

50 metres

‘Protected works’ outside the immediate venue for the display:

  • residential building
  • cinema, theatre, concert hall or other place of public entertainment
  • public building, public park or other public facility
  • building or open area in which people are accustomed to assemble
  • factory, workshop, office, warehouse, shop or other building, located outside an explosives location or a large explosives location, where persons are employed

Major infrastructure:

  • roads
  • bridges
  • infrastructure for gas, water, waste disposal, electricity and communications services
  • railways and railway infrastructure
  • wharves, jetties and other permanent berthing facilities
  • aerodromes

Tent, marquee or similar shelter

Motor vehicle

100 metres

Designated spectator area:

  • landing of aerial fireworks or associated debris

200 metres

Firing location(s):

  • any place where explosives, other than the fireworks themselves are stored
  • any place where flammable or combustible materials are stored

500 metres

Unless approval from the ‘owner’ or ‘responsible authority’ has been obtained:

  • school or other educational institution
  • hospital or other medical institution
  • retirement home, aged respite centre or other aged-care facility
  • church or other place of public worship

Some locations may be unsuitable for a fireworks display because a display could cause significant risks to the surrounding environment.

Before making an application, you should be aware of your 'display site' surroundings and communicate with neighbouring property owners to identify any specific risks. You can use thelist.tas.gov.au to obtain accurate distances.

Any decisions made by the Secretary, including the issuing of a fireworks display permit can be appealed to the Magistrate’s Court (Administrative Appeals Division).

‘Sensitive areas’ for Type 2 ‘Cracker Night’ Fireworks Permit

Application for a permit could be refused if not met

0 kilometre

Suburbs with concentration of private horse ownership and previous community complaints:

  • Acton Park
  • Allen’s Rivulet
  • Carlton
  • Devon Hills
  • Dodges Ferry
  • Orielton
  • Roches Beach
  • Sandford

1 kilometre

Significant risk to livestock:

  • commercial boarding kennel
  • commercial horse business

3 kilometre

Significant risk to native animals:

  • sanctuary or conservation area, such as Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tasmania Zoo, and Trowunna Wildlife Park