Celebrating Lunar New Year? What You Need to Know

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year season runs from 4 February (New Year's Eve) to 19 February 2019. Celebrations featuring firecrackers will peak during daytime around 6 and 7 February

Your pets, especially cats and dogs can become quite distressed.  Special care is advised during this period.

What is a Firecracker?

Fireworks, including firecrackers, are any device containing gunpowder and other combustible chemicals which cause spectacular effects and explosions when discharged/ ignited, used for display or in celebrations.

Basically anything other than a party popper that goes ‘bang’ is a firework. They're illegal to discharge without the appropriate licence and permits in place.

Why are Firecrackers Used at Lunar New Year?

Firecracker displays with/without lion dancing are considered lucky: they banish bad spirits and usher in prosperity for the year ahead: ‘Year of the Pig’.

Firecrackers displays are particularly popular with the Chinese and Vietnamese business community but increasingly also commissioned at private residences.

Firecrackers - Do I Need a Permit?

Firecrackers on public land are subject to an event permit. Minimally, all require Worksafe Notification and notification to any neighbouring properties particularly private residences given possible distress to pets from noise.

Can I Be Fined for Letting Off Firecrackers/Fireworks?

On the spot fines of $400 will apply for illegal discharge of fireworks. Council may also prosecute the matter in the Magistrate's Court where heavier penalties will apply.

How Can I Legally Let Off Firecrackers?

What you need for legal discharge of fireworks (and firecrackers) are: 

  • A Licensed Pyro Technician
  • Notification to Worksafe – 1 week prior to display
  • Event Permit application
    • Public liability insurance cover
    • Job safety/risk management plan
    • Site plan showing required safety clearances
    • Notification to neighbouring residents re: time, duration, need to mind pets
    • Traffic management plan where vehicular/pedestrian traffic may be affected