Apply for a permit to burn off

Removing grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation is an important part of reducing the fuel load around your property. Burning off can be a good way of disposing of these materials. 

To minimise smoke nuisance and air pollution concerns, make sure to consider other options for fuel reduction around your property first.

To ensure the safety of all residents, landowners may be required to apply for a Permit to Burn. This will depend on the time of year and the size of your property.

Please note that burning off during the Fire Danger Period is prohibited on all properties, regardless of size.

The use of incinerators is also prohibited on all properties in the Shire of Nillumbik.

To find out if you can burn off, and if a permit is required, select the size of your property below:

Properties 1 acre (0.4 hectares) or less

When do you want to burn off?

During the Fire Danger Period

Burning off during the Fire Danger Period is prohibited on all properties, regardless of size. Any permit that was previously active becomes void as soon as the Fire Danger Period is declared. There are very limited circumstances in which a permit may be issued - see the CFA website for more information.

Outside of the Fire Danger Period

A Permit to Burn is required. Council will only issue a permit for genuine fire prevention purposes to remove fuel hazards.

Scroll down for instructions on how to apply for this permit. 

Properties over 1 acre (0.4 hectares)

When do you want to burn off?

During the Fire Danger Period

Burning off during the Fire Danger Period is prohibited on all properties, regardless of size. Any permit that was previously active becomes void as soon as the Fire Danger Period is declared. There are very limited circumstances in which a permit may be issued - see the CFA website for more information.

Outside of the Fire Danger Period

If you wish to burn a small heap no Permit to Burn is required. Burn offs must follow the guidelines on the CFA website and must be registered (notified) via the Fire Permits Victoria website to prevent fire brigades being called out unnecessarily.

If you wish to burn a large heap (a pile that occupies an area greater than 10 square metres or over 25 cubic metres in volume): a Permit to Burn is required - apply via the online form below. Council will only issue a permit for genuine fire prevention purposes to remove fuel hazards.

How to apply

Online

Step 1.Make sure you are allowed to burn off

This will depend on the time of year, the size of your property and/or the size of the heap you want to burn. Find out more above.

Step 2.Be prepared

To complete the online form, you will need to know:

  • the size of the property
  • the size of the heap you want to burn
  • the date(s) you want to burn

Step 3.Complete the online form

Apply for a permit to burn off

Step 4.Notify the relevant services

Before you burn off, make sure to also notify Fire Permits Victoria via their website. This will reduce any unnecessary fire brigade call outs.