Burning off - permits, safety and the Fire Danger Period

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Burning off in Nillumbik

Open air burning can only be carried out in accordance with Clauses 32 and 33 of Nillumbik Shire Council’s Amenity Local Law. 

Clause 32 Open air burning

A person must not cause or permit a fire to be lit or remain alight in the open air unless for fire hazard reduction purposes and only in accordance with the following table:

Open air burning for fire hazard reduction purposes

Period

Tenements less than 0.4 Ha

Tenements 0.4 Ha and over

The period commencing on 1 October and ending on 1 February (or the date of commencement of a fire danger period if sooner)

Permit Required

Fires are allowed without a permit

During the Fire Danger Period as declared by the CFA each year

* Permit Required

* Permit required

At all other times

No burning allowed

Fires are allowed without a permit

Notwithstanding the above:

  • the requirements of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and
  • Summary Offences Act 1966 must be adhered to;
  • no fire may be lit or allowed to remain alight on a Total Fire Ban Day or a Smog Alert Day; and
  • a person may light a fire in a barbecue for the purpose of cooking food but only under strict conditions as defined by the CFA. 

* A permit to burn-off during the Fire Danger Period will only be granted under exceptional circumstances. People wishing to burn-off must apply in writing to the CFA or Council and, then an inspection will be conducted to ascertain if a Schedule 13 permit under the Country Fire Authority Regulations 2004 (Permit to Burn by an Individual) will be granted. 

 

Clause 33 Large heap burning

A person must not cause or permit to remain alight a fire in a large heap unless in accordance with the following table:

Open air burning of large heaps 

Period

Tenements less than 1.0 Ha

Tenements 1.0 Ha and over

The period commencing on 15 October and ending on 1 May (or the date of commencement of a fire danger

No burning allowed

Permit required

During the fire danger period as declared by the CFA each year

* Permit required

* Permit required

At all other times

No burning allowed

Fires are allowed without a permit

Notwithstanding the above:

  • the requirements of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and
  • Summary Offences Act 1966 must be adhered to
  • no fire may be lit or allowed to remain alight on a Total Fire Ban Day or a Smog Alert Day 

* A permit to burn-off during the Fire Danger Period will only be granted under exceptional circumstances. People wishing to burn-off must apply in writing to either the CFA or Council and, then, an inspection will be conducted to ascertain if a Schedule 13 permit under the Country Fire Authority Regulations 2004 (Permit to Burn by an Individual) will be granted.

If you are unsure as to what you can and can’t do, call Council on 9433 3111

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. 

Burning off during the fire danger period

The CFA declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality in the lead up to the fire season. The decision is based on prevailing conditions which could include; the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions. The Fire Danger Period differs each year and in some municipalities it can be declared as early as October, and typically remains in place until the fire danger lessens, which could be as late as May. It is an offence under the CFA Act to burn off during the Fire Danger Period without a written permit. Permits will only be issued when there is an extreme risk to life and property and there are no other ways to remove the risk