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Open Air Burning

Overview

The Mornington Peninsula Shire is no longer in 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 - October 2020(PDF, 38KB)

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

Burning off is not permitted during the Fire Danger Period.

The Fire Danger Period was lifted at 1am Monday 16 March 2020

For more information on the Fire Danger Period please visit the CFA's website.

October open air burning ease of restrictions

Some open air burning restrictions will be eased for the month of October 2020 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 the Mornington Peninsula Shire Bushfire Prone Area (to check if your property is in a Bushfire Prone area, please check the VicPlan Mapshare website1)
  • 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.

1To check if your property is in a Bushfire Prone Area, enter your address and 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.

Covid restrictions mean that smoky fires will likely affect surrounding neighbours. Please consider your neighbours if you must 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.

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

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

Some open air burning restrictions will be eased for the month of October 2020 to enable land owners to burn off for fuel reduction purposes. If you are on a property under 1500 square metres you may be able to burn off. Please see the October open air burning section for further information.

Outside of October:

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, 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 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.

The Fire Danger Period was lifted at 1am Monday 16 March 2020

Report an Illegal Burn Off and more information