Open Air Burning

Overview

 The Declared Fire Danger Period will come into effect for the Mornington Peninsula Shire on Monday 19 November 2018. During the Fire Danger Period no burning off is permitted without a permit. 

 
Outside of the Declared Fire Danger Period all residents are required to check the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Open Air Burning Local Law before burning off.

The Local Law applies to all residents and eligibility to burn off is based on the size of the property. Click the links above to access additional information.

Residents are advised to check with the Shire before burning off as a permit may be required or other restrictions may apply. Please contact the Environment Protection Unit on 5950 1050 for more information. 

Download the General Purposes Local Law PART7 Open Air Burning(PDF, 69KB)
Download the Open Air Burning Fact File(PDF, 241KB) 

Burning off is not permitted during the Fire Danger Period.
For more information on the Fire Danger Period please visit the CFA's website. 

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 (see below) 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 (see below) 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, 98KB) 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 Fire Danger Period is declared by the CFA each year based on an assessment of fire weather and risk. The Fire Danger Period is typically in effect between December and May, however please visit the CFA's website for up to date information as it may be declared earlier.   

Report an Illegal Burn Off and more information