Open Air Burning

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  • 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. 

Download the General Purposes Local Law - Open Air Burning(PDF, 69KB)
Download the Open Air Burning Fact File(PDF, 133KB)

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

October open air burning - easing of restrictions

Some open air burning restrictions are eased for the month of October 2021 to enable land owners to burn off for fire prevention purposes.

Open Air Burning is permitted only on Fridays and Saturdays between 9am and 4pm on land between 500 and 1500 square metres, provided that:

  • your property is within a Bushfire Prone Area. Please check the VicPlan Map website to check if this applies to your property.
  • dry and dead materials are being burned for the purposes of fire prevention
  • no more than 1 cubic metre of vegetation is burnt at any one time
  • the fire is not within 10 metres of any neighbouring dwelling
  • the General Fire Safety Provisions are followed at all times.

How to check if your property is in a Bushfire Prone Area:

  • Go to the VicPlan Map website and enter your address.
  • Select the 'layers' tab on the bottom left side of the screen.
  • Scroll down and expand the Bushfire section, then
  • Select 'BPA - Bushfire Prone Areas'.
  • Areas within the Bushfire Prone Area should be marked brown.

Smoky fires will likely affect surrounding neighbours. Please consider your neighbours before choosing to burn off.  

General Fire Safety Provisions

  • Give notice to your neighbours that you are burning off
  • Log your burn off by calling 1800 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

Outside of October, Open Air Burning is prohibited on properties smaller than 1500 square metres.

For further information please contact us.

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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.

Any Open Air Burning would require landowners to obtain a permit to burn from Council; these will only be issued in very specific circumstances.


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

 

Yes, Open Air Burning is permitted on Fridays and Saturdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm provided that:

  • No more than 10 cubic metres of vegetation is burnt at any one time;
  • The fire is more than 10 metres from any neighbouring dwelling;
  • General Fire Safety Provisions are followed at all times.

General Fire Safety Provisions

  • Give notice to your neighbours that you are burning off
  • Log your burn off by calling 1800 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.

 

I am on land of more than 40,000 square metres - can I burn off?

Yes, Open Air Burning is permitted provided that:

  • No more than 100 cubic metres of vegetation is burnt at any one time;
  • The fire is more than 100 metres from any neighbouring dwelling;
  • General Fire Safety Provisions are followed at all times below.

General Fire Safety Provisions

  • Give notice to your neighbours that you are burning off
  • Log your burn off by calling 1800 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.


Permit to burn application


Open Air Burning outside of these general regulations will require landowners to apply for a permit. 

To apply for a Permit to Burn, please download and complete the Permit to Burn Application(DOC, 101KB) form. 

For more information or to discuss your eligibility for a Permit to Burn please contact the Environment Protection Unit on 5950 1050.

Fire Danger Period

The Declared Fire Danger Period has ended for this fire season

Please visit the CFA's website for up to date information or see the Shire's Fire Danger Period page. 

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.