Fire Danger Period

Fire Restrictions

Each year during the warmer months, the CFA declares a Fire Restriction Period. This period typically runs from December through to the end of April, depending on weather and environmental conditions.  

When fire restrictions are in force, burning off is prohibited without a permit, including on roadsides. 

On days when a Total Fire Ban is declared, NO fires can be lit in the open from midnight to midnight. Fixed and portable gas or electric barbecues can be used, however conditions apply. In some cases, a permit may be required.

The use of incinerators and activities such as welding, gas-cutting, soldering, grinding, charring and heating bitumen are also prohibited.

It is the responsibility of all residents to ensure that they are aware of, and comply with, fire restriction conditions.

Please see General_Purposes_Local_Law_PART 7_Open_Air_Burning(PDF, 69KB) to see if you require a permit, and if what you wish to burn is allowed. 

If you wish to apply for a Permit to burn contact Customer Service 1300 850 600. People undertaking any burning off (open air fires) in the municipality must ensure that the fire does not escape from the burn area.  When conducting a burn off the General Fire Safety Provision must be followed.  


Applying for a Permit to Burn

Within the declared Fire Restriction Period

If you wish to light a fire in the open air for burning-off purposes when the declared Fire Restriction Period is in force, the CFA Act (1958) requires that you apply for and obtain a Permit to Burn.

Burning off without a permit may result in legal action taking place under the CFA Act 1958 with possible fines up to $18,200.00 and/or 12 months imprisonment.

To apply for a permit to burn:

Complete a Permit to Burn Check List OR contact the Mornington Peninsula Shire Municipal Fire Prevention Officer on 5950 1050.

For more information on what can and can’t be done during the Fire Danger Period please go to Can I or Can’t I?

If you live outside of the municipality please see the CFA for further information

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General Fire Safety Provisions

  • Give notice to your neighbours that you are burning off
  • Log your burn off by calling1800 668 511(to prevent unnecessary attendance by CFA or the Mornington Peninsula Shire Rangers)
  • Ensure the fire is supervised at all times
  • Ensure you have sufficient fire protection equipment on site at all times
  • Ensure the vegetation is dead and dry prior to lighting
  • Establish a fire break of no less than 3 metres cleared of all flammable materials
  • Ensure at the site of the fire the wind speed does not exceed 20 kilometres per hour
  • Residents who do not follow the Open Air Burning Local Law may be subject to penalties.

Want more information on Burning Off?

Application for a permit to burn off

Permit_To_Burn_Application (DOC, 107KB)

General_Purposes_Local_Law_PART 7_Open_Air_Burning(PDF, 69KB)