Fire Danger Period
The Fire Danger Period for Cardinia Shire ended on 27 March 2017.
You may now be able to burn off depending on where you live. The information on this page will help you determine whether you can burn off.
Alternatives to burning off
Instead of burning off, here are some better ways to get rid of green waste for you to consider:
Check if you can burn off
Step 1 - Check if it is a Total Fire Ban Day
Visit the CFA website to find out if it is a Total Fire Ban Day. Note, Cardinia Shire is in the Central district.
- If it IS a Total Fire Ban Day, burning off is strictly not allowed.
- If it is NOT a Total Fire Ban day, go to step 2.
Step 2 - Check if you are in a ‘Burn off' or 'No burn off' area
Cardinia Shire is divided into ‘Burn off areas’ and ‘No burn off areas’.
If the search shows that your property is in a 'No burn off area', you cannot burn off without a permit. Apply for a burning off permit.
If your property is in a 'Burn off area' go to step 3.
You can also call us on 1300 787 624 to check if you can burn off.
Step 3 - Check your fire will meet the following conditions
Burning off in a ‘Burn off area’ is only allowed if all these conditions are met:
- You cannot light a fire on a SMOG alert day. Fires are strictly not allowed on EPA-declared SMOG alert days. To check if a SMOG alert day has been declared, go to the home page of the EPA website and check the ‘air quality’ section or call the EPA on 1300 372 842.
- You must register your burn-off with the CFA. Before you light your fire, you must register your burn off so the CFA don’t get called out to your fire.
- 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.
- The purpose of the fire must be to reduce fuel on your property. It cannot be lit for commercial or industrial purposes.
- You can only burn dry vegetation. It must not still be green. Hard rubbish, household waste, flammable liquids or commercial or industrial waste is strictly not allowed to be burnt.
- Fires must not cause a risk to other properties.
- Smoke from the fire cannot reduce visibility on any roads.
- 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.
- 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.
In addition, you must follow these rules depending on the size of your property:
|If your property is 20 hectares or less||If your property is bigger than 20 hectares|
|You can only burn off on Monday, Friday or Saturday||You can burn off on any day except Sunday|
|The edge of your fire must be a minimum of 10 metres away from any buildings||The edge of your fire must be a minimum of 30 metres away from any buildings|
|You must have a fire break of at least 3 metres around the fire. (A fire break is an area around the fire that is clear of materials that could catch on fire).||You must have a fire break of at least 6 metres around the fire. (A fire break is an area around the fire that is clear of materials that could catch on fire)|
|The materials you are burning cannot be more than 8 cubic metres in size.||The materials you are burning cannot be more than 64 cubic metres in size|
|You can only have 1 fire burning at a time||You can only have 3 fires burning at a time|
If you proceeded through steps 1 and 2 and your fire will meet all the conditions listed in step 3, you can burn off.
Apply for a burning off permit
If your property is in a ‘No burn off area’ or you live in a ‘Burn off area’ but cannot meet all of the conditions above, you will need a permit from us to burn off. Applying for the permit is free of charge.
Burning off tips and advice
When burning off:
- call 000 immediately if the fire is no longer under control
- do not burn household and hard waste materials
- never burn off on windy days (when wind speed is over 20 km/h)
- never burn off when the shade temperature is over 32 degrees Celsius
- supervise fire at all times and have the capacity and means to extinguish it
- ensure adequate water supply is available
- totally extinguish your fire at its completion on the same day
- never use flammable liquids to start a fire
- postpone a burn if there are smog alerts, foggy conditions or wind that will carry smoke in a direction that will disrupt adjacent roadways or neighbouring properties
- notify the Emergency Services Telecommunication Authority on 1800 668 511 to alert them of your intent to burn to prevent unnecessary fire brigade callouts.