Open Air Burning

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The Fire Danger Period for the Mornington Peninsula will commence on 10 January 2022 and end on 1 May 2022.

With the declared Fire Danger Period now in force, the open air burning Clauses of the Shires Local Law are no longer in effect. 

During this time, the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 prohibits all open air burning without a permit. Permits can be obtained by going to Check. Apply. Notify - Fire Permits Victoria.

For more information, please visit Can I or Can't I?

For any concerns regarding open air burning during this time, please contact 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.

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 Fire Danger Period has not yet been declared for the Mornington Peninsula.  

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.