Burning Periods and Fire Danger Ratings

Burning periods

Important notes:

PeriodGarden Refuse (1m by 1m)Wood and solid fuel barbecueGrass, paddock, bonfire, bush
Restricted Period 
2 November - 14 December (midnight)

Allowed between 6pm and 11pm only

Allowed between 6pm and 11pm only

Permit to Burn Required

Prohibited Period
15 December to 14 March (midnight)




Restricted Period 
15 March to 15 May (midnight)

Allowed between 6pm and 11pm only

Allowed between 6pm and 11pm only

Permit to Burn Required

Unrestricted Period 
(burning is allowed on any day, at any time) 
16 May - 1 November (midnight)

There are no fire restrictions on burning, however, if the Fire Danger Rating is Very High or above and/or a Total Fire Ban has been put in place then no burning is permitted. It is your legal responsibility to check prior to undertaking any burn. Health legislation is also still applicable.

Prohibited and Restricted Burning Periods are declared by the Authority under section 17 and 18 respectively of the Bush Fires Act 1954.

Fire danger ratings

The Fire Danger Rating tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one started.

Ratings are forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology, based on weather and other environmental conditions such as fuel load.

  • Catastrophic: Leaving early is the safest option. Homes are not designed to withstand fires in catastrophic conditions.
  • Extreme, Severe: Leaving early is the safest option. Only consider staying if you are prepared to the highest level.
  • Low-Moderate, High, Very High: Keep yourself informed and be ready to act if necessary.

To view current and forecasted fire danger ratings visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Guidance on burning

Burning your garden waste during the restricted period

During the restricted period:

  • You can’t burn on Sundays and Public Holidays without a permit to burn.
  • You can only burn one pile of garden waste at a time.
  • Each pile must not be bigger than 1 cubic metre. Clear 3 metres around the edge of your pile for safety.
  • The burn must be lit after 6pm.
  • You can add waste to your burn until 11pm as long as the pile does not exceed 1 cubic metre at a time.
  • The burn needs to be completely out before midnight.
  • Let the people living near you know 72 hours before you burn.
  • Stay and attend to your burn until it is extinguished.
  • Ensure you have an adequate water supply.

Things to consider before burning

  • Check the weather conditions (wind strength, the direction of the wind).
  • Ensure sufficient running water is close to hand.
  • Use metal fittings on your hoses if possible.
  • Consider the impact of smoke on others.
  • Keep the burn contained and controlled.
  • Make sure the burn is fully extinguished once it’s complete.
  • Do not leave the fire unattended.

Do not burn the road verge without written permission from the Shire. Please contact us to discuss.

If you are burning a large area, consider installing a firebreak around the area you intend to burn and ensure you have sufficient people/fire unit to assist you if required.

If the fire becomes uncontrollable call 000 immediately.

What can’t I burn?

Do not burn anything that is toxic such as:

  • Plastics.
  • Accelerants.
  • Wooden pallets.
  • Asbestos.
  • Building materials.
  • Household goods.

More information and contact

For more information about permits to burn and burning off, please contact us.

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