Burning off - permits, safety and the Fire Danger Period
There are conditions surrounding burning off in Nillumbik.
- If your property is less than 0.4 hectares (1 acre) you can burn off for fuel reduction purposes except when the Fire Danger Period has been declared, but you will need a permit. To apply for a permit call our Community Safety Unit on 9433 3111.
- If your property is larger than 0.4 hectares (1 acre) you burn off for fuel reduction purposes except when the Fire Danger Period has been declared.
All burns must be registered by calling the All hazards hotline 1800 226 226
Burning off during the Fire Danger Period
You cannot burn off during the Fire Danger Period under any circumstances unless you have a written permit issued by the CFA District office authority or the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer.
A burning off permit (Country Fire Authority Schedule 13 Permit) will only be issued under exceptional circumstances. To determine whether you meet this criteria and if so how to apply call Council's Emergency Management Unit on 9433 3335.
Burning off during the Fire Danger Period without a permit is in breach of the CFA Act Section 37
. You could be fined up to $16,900 or go to jail for up to 12 months. For details visit CFA website
Options instead of burning off
Rather than burning off smaller amounts of green waste can be disposed of in your green bin which is collected weekly. For larger amounts of green waste use your green waste vouchers at our Recycling & Recovery Centre, 290 Yan Yean Road, Plenty.
Download the VicEmergency app
The VicEmergency app will keep users informed and notified of all warnings and incidents near them or within their designated watch zones. It replaced the FireReady app in November 2016. FireReady users should update their app to the Vic Emergency app. New users can download the app from the App Store or Google Play.