Burning off

The Fire Danger Period for Nillumbik has been declared by the CFA

The Fire Danger Period relates to the period of time that the CFA restricts the use of fire in the community. This is to help prevent fires from starting. This year the CFA have declared the Fire Danger Period on Monday 19 December 2016.

During the Fire Danger Period, no burning off can take place without a permit.

For information on how to prepare your property for bushfire see the CFA website

It is an offence under our Open Air Burning Local Law 2007 to light a fire during the declared fire danger period. Fines will be issued

If you see someone burning off in an unsafe manner or lighting a fire call the Police 000

Burning off during the Fire Danger Period

To burn off during the Fire Danger Period you must have a written permit issued by a Fire Prevention Officer of a public authority, the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer or by the CFA District office. A burning off permit (Country Fire Authority Schedule 13 Permit) will only be issued in exceptional circumstances.

To apply for a burning off permit (Country Fire Authority Schedule 13 Permit) during the declared Fire Danger Period, 7 days notice must be given in writing and a property inspection must be undertaken by the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer. Permits will only be issued in exceptional circumstances. Contact Emergency Management 9433 3335 for more information or apply online.

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 see the CFA website 

Burning off outside the Fire Danger Period

Open Air Burning restrictions may vary based on your property

A permit is required to burn off in Nillumbik if your property is less than 0.4 hectares (1 acre). You are only permitted to burn off for fuel reduction purposes only, from 1 October until the Fire Danger Period (FDP) which is declared by the CFA in November or December. 

To obtain a permit to burn off outside the Fire Danger Period contact Regulatory Services 9433 3111

Always register your burn off with Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority 1800 668 511 


Download the VicEmergency app

The new VicEmergency app has replaced the FireReady app. It will keep users informed and notified of all warnings and incidents near them or within their designated watch zones.

Those already using FireReady will just need to upgrade their app, which will automatically switch to the new VicEmergency app. Alternatively, users can search for VicEmergency in the App Store or GooglePlay.