Burning off

The Fire Danger Period is not currently in force. This means burning off is allowed in designated Bushfire Prone Areas in Cardinia Shire, provided the rules on this page are followed. 

Before you burn off, please consider using one of these methods to reduce your fuel load:

If you need to burn off: Follow the steps on this page (or refer to the Open Air Burning Policy) to check if your property meets the conditions to burn off without a permit, and the rules you need to follow. If it doesn't meet the conditions, you may be able to apply for a permit to burn off

  • You can only burn off without a permit if you are in a designated Bushfire Prone Area (BPA).  
  • Burning off rules vary according to your property size. 

How to get a free online report that tells you your property size and whether it’s in a designated BPA

  1. Go to the VicPlan website and enter the property’s street address/lot as per the instructions.
  2. Wait for the map data to load, then follow the instructions to get a free planning property report, on the spot.  
  • If you’re NOT in a designated BPA: Burning off is not allowed without a burning off permit. You can apply for a burning off permit online.
  • If you ARE in a designated BPA: Note down the size of your land (this information is in the report) then go to step 2. 

Once you've worked out that you're in a designated BPA, you can burn off without a permit if you follow these rules for your property size. 

If your property size is less than or equal to 20 hectares (49.42 acres)

  •  Open air fires are allowed on Monday, Friday and Saturday.
  • You are allowed 1 open air fire.
  • There must be 10 metres of distance between the fire and any other structure.
  • A 3 metre area of fire break is needed (a fire break is a clear area around the fire with only earth/soil and very low cut grass and no other materials that can burn).
  • You can only burn 8 cubic meters of material (that is, 2 metres long, 2 metres deep and 2 metres high).

If your property size is greater than 20 hectares (49.42 acres)

  • Open air fires are allowed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
  • You are allowed 3 open air fires.
  • There must be 30 metres of distance between the fire and any other structure.
  • A 6 metre area of fire break is needed (a fire break is a clear area around the fire with only earth/soil and very low cut grass and no other materials that can burn).
  • You can only burn 64 cubic meters of material (that is, 4 metres long, 4 metres deep and 4 metres high).

Burning off is only allowed if you follow all the rules below:  

  1. You cannot burn off on Total Fire Ban or smog alert days. To check if it's a Total Fire Ban day, go to the CFA website. To check if it's a smog alert day, check EPA AirWatch
  2. Fires must be supervised. A person 18 years or over with the means and ability to put the fire out must be present for the whole time the fire is alight. 
  3. The purpose of the fire must be to reduce fuel on your property. It cannot be lit for commercial or industrial purposes. 
  4. You can only burn dry vegetation, not green vegetation. Hard rubbish, household waste, flammable liquids or commercial or industrial waste is strictly not allowed to be burnt.
  5. Fires must not cause risk to other properties. 
  6. Smoke from the fire cannot reduce visibility on any roads.
  7. Fires must not cause problems for other people. It must not be unreasonably offensive or a nuisance to another person – particularly from the smoke it creates. 
  8. You need to put the fire out if an authorised person tells you to. Fires must be immediately put out if a member of an emergency service or Council officer directs you to do this.

If your fire meets all these conditions: you can burn off. Go to step 4. 

If you cannot meet all these conditions: you can apply for a burning off permit

Tips for burning off safely and considerately  

  • Let your next door neighbours know you are going to burn off, at least 24 hours prior to the burn.
  • Make sure you have a hose ready to hose down the fire, and that any other fire protection equipment is ready. 
  • The wind speed at the site of the fire should not be more than 20 kilometres per hour.

Before you light your fire/s, you must register your burn off with the CFA at least 2 hours before you burn, so the CFA don't get called out. 

  • There is no cost to apply for a burning off permit.
  • Please allow up to 5 business days for processing.

Apply online for a burning off permit 

Please report an illegal burn off if you believe it does not meet the conditions above. 

Contact the Emergency Management team
Ph: 1300 787 624
Email: mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au

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