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Draft Smoke Regulations 2018 released for public comment

​​Submissions are invited on the draft Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Smoke) Regulations 2018. 

The draft Regulations are intended to replace the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Distributed Atmospheric Emissions) Regulations 2018, which expire in January 2019. 

The draft 2018 Regulations were developed taking into consideration consultation undertaken on draft 2017 Regulations. The previous (2017) draft Regulations and associated Regulatory Impact Statement are available here​.

The main objective of the new Regulations will be to limit the smoke produces by heaters, fireplaces, outdoor cooking appliances and 'backyard burning' in and around urban areas. 

The regulations will place limitations on smoke emissions from wood-fired heating and cooking appliances, the circumstances under which backyard burning can take place and the types of material that may not be burnt.

New wood heaters for sale will also be required to conform with the most recent Australian Standards for efficiency and emissions. 

The draft regulations are available from the link below, by calling (03) 6165 4599 or by emailing enquiries@epa.tas.gov.au 


Smoke Regulations 2018 Consultation Draft


Submissions must be in writing and may be sent to the email address given above.

Alternatively, written submissions may be mailed to:


Environmental Policy and Support Services

EPA Tasmania

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

GPO Box 1751

Hobart, TAS 7001


The closing date for submissions is Friday 17 August 2018.

All submissions, once considered, will be made publically available at http://www.epa.tas.gov.au​