Burning off. The Fire Danger Period, permits and safety

The Fire Danger Period

The CFA has declared the Fire Danger Period to start Monday 19 November for Nillumbik Shire Council.

The CFA determines the fire Danger Period for each municipality in the lead up to the fire season. The decision is based on conditions such as, 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. It remains in place until the fire danger lessens, which could be as late as May.

 

Burning off in Nillumbik

Open air burning must be conducted in accordance with Clauses 32, open air burning and Clause 33 large heap burning, of the Nillumbik Shire Council Amenity Local Law. See the Burning off fact sheet in Related Information at the bottom of the page. 

Clause 32 Open air burning for fire hazard reduction purposes 

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

Period

Tenements less than 0.4 Ha

Tenements 0.4 Ha and over

1 October to 1 February (or the start of the 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

 

Clause 33 Large heap 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

Period

Tenements less than 1.0 Ha

Tenements 1.0 Ha and over

1 October to 1 February (or the start of the fire danger period if sooner)

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

 

Additional rules to be adhered to

  • the requirements of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and the 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 person may light a fire in a barbecue for the purpose of cooking food but only under strict conditions as defined by the CFA. 

If you are unsure as to what you can and can’t do, call Emergency Management Unit on 9433 3335  

 

Options instead of burning off

Smaller amounts of green waste can be disposed of in your green bin which is collected weekly.

For trailer size loads of green waste residents use the green waste vouchers for free disposal at the Recycling & Recovery Centre, 290 Yan Yean Road, Plenty. 

See the Green Waste vouchers page for details

 

Burning off during the fire danger period

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 

Applying for a permit during the fire danger period 

A permit to burn-off during the Fire Danger Period will only be granted under exceptional circumstances.

Go to the CFA website to apply for a permit. Or, to discuss your requirements with Council email emmatters@nillumbik.vic.gov.au including your daytime phone number. Our Fire Prevention Officer will contact you to discuss your situation and assess if an inspection is required.