Burning off - permits, safety and the Fire Danger Period

Burning off during the fire danger period

The CFA has declared that the Fire Danger Period for Nillumbik will start on Friday 22 December. 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.

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 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.