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Burning off - restrictions eased before 2021-22 Fire Danger Period starts

  • Burn off restrictions are temporarily eased from Monday 22 November so residents on properties that meet the conditions can burn off to reduce fuel loads before the Fire Danger Period
  • Once the Fire Danger Period starts, you must not burn off. 

From now until the Fire Danger Period is declared, burning off is allowed without a permit from Monday to Saturday if:

  • you live in the shire’s Bushfire Prone Area (BPA) 
  • the burn off is for fire prevention and to reduce fuel loads on your property
  • you follow the burn off rules for your property size, and all other conditions are met 
  • your burn off is registered with the CFA.

Follow the steps below to work out if you’re allowed to burn off.
If you can’t meet the conditions, you may be able to apply for a burning off permit 

Please report a burn off if you don’t think it meets the conditions outlined on this page.

  • 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. 


Property size less than or equal to 20 hectares(49.42 acres)

Property size greater than 20 hectares (49.42 acres)

Days on which open air fires are permitted



From 22 November 2021 until the start of the Fire Danger Period, you can burn off any day except Sunday.  

Any day except Sunday

Number of open air fires permitted



Distance required between the fire and any structure

10 metres 

30 metres

Fire break required

(that is, a clear area around the fire with only earth/soil and very low cut grass and no other materials that can burn)

3 metres

6 metres

Maximum pile size of  material to be burnt

No more than 2 metres in any dimension 

(That is, 2 metres long, 2 metres deep and 2 metres high)

No more than 4 metres in any dimension 

(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 can't 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 must not 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 can't 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

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

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