Fire Prevention on Private Property

bushland on property
  • The bushfire season is fast approaching. Now is the time to prepare your property for the Fire Danger Period.   
  • Visit the CFA Website for information on preparing your property.

Fire Prevention Inspection Program

The Shire's Fire Prevention Officers inspect properties in the lead-up to and during the CFA’s Declared Fire Danger Period to see if there are fire hazards on private land.  Where fire hazards are identified on private land a Fire Prevention Notice will be issued to the owner directing works take place to remove the fire hazard within a specified time frame.

Download a copy of the Shire's Fire Prevention Inspection Program Fact Sheet(PDF, 102KB) to learn more about the Program.

Fire Management Contractors List

View our Fire Management Contractors List which may assist in finding a contractor to clear your property. 

Government owned land

Council has no authority to issue Fire Prevention Notices to government agencies. If you have a concern relating to a fire hazard on a property owned by a government agency, please contact them directly (see below). If you are unsure of the property ownership you may contact us to find out. 

Parks Victoria  131 963
Department of Environment,
Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP)
136 186
Department of Families,
Fairness and Housing (DFFH)
1300 650 172
 Melbourne Water 131 722
 South East Water 131 694  
 Department of Transport (Vic Roads) 131 170
 Vic Track 1300 842 872


Fire Prevention Notices

A person named on a Fire Prevention Notice is responsible for ensuring the work is carried out by the date shown on the Notice. A Fire Prevention Notice only provides the authority to complete the works specified on the Notice. Additional vegetation removal may require a Planning Permit.

If you fail to complete the works listed on the Notice within the time frame you will be issued an infringement for the amount of $1,817 and the Shire will arrange for contractors to complete the works on your property at your expense. In addition to the invoiced amount, you will be charged an administration fee of $160. 

If you are unable to comply with the Fire Prevention Notice within the given time frame, you must call the Shire immediately on 5950 1375. All information regarding an appeal of a Fire Prevention Notice or seeking an extension of time to comply can be found on the reverse of the Fire Prevention Notice. If you require any assistance regarding these please contact us on 5950 1375.

Weeds Identification Brochure

This information may be of assistance in identifying weed species listed on your fire prevention notice. This brochure will also provide suggested treatment solutions.

Download: Weeds Brochure(PDF, 2MB)

What Fire Management does the Shire do?

Learn more about the Shire's Fire Management Program.