Fire Prevention on Private Property

Visit the CFA Website for information on preparing your property for the Fire Danger Period

Fire Prevention Inspection Program

The Shire's Fire Prevention Officers inspect properties in the lead-up to summer and during the CFA’s Declared Fire Danger Period to see if there are fire hazards that need to be addressed on private land.  Where fire hazards are identified on private land a statutory Fire Prevention Notice will be issued pursuant to the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 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, 103KB) to learn more about the Program.

Report a Fire Hazard

Residents who have concerns about fire hazards on private or Council owned land can Report A Fire Hazard.

Fire Prevention Notices

A person named on a Fire Prevention Notice issued by the Shire 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 undertake 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 $1652.20 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 $100. 

If you feel you may be unable to comply with the Fire Prevention Notice within the given time frame, you must call the Shire immediately on 5950 1050. A request for an extension must be received a minimum of three (3) days prior to the compliance date on the Notice. Extensions can only be requested by the person listed on the Notice. 

Fire Management Contractors List

Mornington Peninsula Shire invites applications from contractors to be considered for placement on a list that will be made available on the Shire’s website to assist private property owners with fire prevention work on their properties.

Under Section 41 of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 the Shire may issue a Fire Prevention Notice (FPN) to a private property owner. A FPN is issued on a parcel of land after an officer has inspected the property and formed the opinion there is a fire hazard, or likely to be a fire hazard, on the land. A FPN specifies conditions detailing the required fire management works and the date for completion. Only the work stated on the FPN is authorised to be carried out.

Apply for the Fire Management Contractors List online. You can also apply via email or post, or pick up a hard copy at one of our Customer Service offices. Find out more on our Fire Management Contractors page.

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.