Open Air Burning

All residents are required to check the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Open Air Burning Local Law (below) before burning off.

The below only applies during the non Fire Danger Period.  

The local law applies to all residents and is based on the size of your property, therefore residents are advised to check with the Shire before burning off as a permit may be required by Council or other restrictions may apply. 

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 chimnea 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.

Please contact the Environment Protection unit on 5950 1050 to determine your eligibility.

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 below are followed at all times.

Open Air Burning outside these general regulations will require landowners to obtain a permit from Council before burning off.

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.

Open Air Burning outside these general regulations will require landowners to obtain a permit from Council before burning off as outlined in the Permit to Burn Application(DOC, 107KB)

Be a good neighbour and burn off safely!

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.

Open Air Burning Regulations October 2017 only.

During the month of October 2017 some open air burning restrictions have been relaxed to enable landowners to burn off for fire prevention purposes.

Download the October Open Air Burning Regulations(PDF, 207KB) for more information regarding the relaxation to ensure you still comply with the local law.

Want more information on Burning Off?

For more information on Total Fire Bans, Fire Restrictions and Fire Ratings please visit the CFA website http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/ or contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

Application for a permit to burn off

Permit to Burn Eligibility Checklist(PDF, 44KB)

Permit To Burn Application(DOC, 107KB)

General Purposes Local Law PART7 Open Air Burning(PDF, 69KB)