Open Air Burning

The Fire Danger Period for Mornington Peninsula began on Monday 18 December 2023 and will end at 1am on Wednesday 1 May 2024.

  • Considering burning off on your property?
  • Want to know if you need a permit to burn off?
  • Before you burn off, check what is and isn't allowed at different times of year on your property. 

The Shire’s Open Air Burning Local Law applies to all residents. Eligibility to burn off is based on the size of the property.

What are the general provisions when I am burning off?

The Mornington Peninsula Shire asks ALL RESIDENTS undertaking Open Air Burning to do so in accordance with the following:

  • Give notice to adjoining landowners/occupiers 24 hours prior to the burn
  • Give notice to ESTA (Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority) 2 hours prior to the burn by calling 1800 668 511 (Prevents unnecessary response from fire brigades)
  • Establish a fire break of no less than 3 metres cleared of all flammable material
  • Ensure the fire is supervised by an adult at all times Person responsible for the burn must be listed including contact details. Failure to be in attendance can result in prosecution
  • Ensure there is sufficient fire protection equipment available on site at all times Equipment must be listed including capacity and licences/operators required.
  • Ensure the vegetation to be burnt is dead and dry prior to lighting (no green waste)
  • Ensure at the site of the fire, the wind speed does not exceed 20 kilometres per hour (11 knots)

No Open Air Burning can happen during:

  • Declared Fire Danger Period
  • Days of Total Fire Ban
  • Days of Smog Alert

Download: Community Amenity Local Law - Open Air Burning(PDF, 1MB)
Download: Open Air Burning Fact File(PDF, 193KB)

In the event of an emergency always contact Triple Zero (000)

I am on land of less than 1,500 square metres, can I burn off?

NO, Open Air Burning IS NOT permitted on land of this size unless it is for:

  • A barbecue, pizza oven, or other properly constructed appliance while it is being used for cooking food;
  • A fire in a brazier or chiminea while it is being used for heating;
  • A tool of trade while being used for the purpose for which it was designed. 

Fire Danger Period

The next fire danger period will be announced after October 2023.

Please visit the CFA's website for up to date information. 

Report an Illegal Burn Off and more information

For more information on Total Fire Bans, Fire Restrictions and Fire Ratings please visit the CFA's website or contact the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Still have questions? Contact the Shire for more information.