Permit to Burn

When do you need a permit to burn?

A permit to burn is required when lighting fires on your property in the restricted burning period from:

  • 23 October  to 14 December; and
  • 5 May to 15 May.

Important notes (please read):

  • Fires must not be lit during the prohibited burning period from 15 December to 5 May, 2024.
  • Dates for both the restricted and prohibited burning periods are subject to change, depending on weather conditions.
  • Heavy penalties apply for burning during the restricted period without a permit to burn.

How to apply for a permit to burn

Permits can be obtained by contacting your local Fire Control Officer. Refer to contacts details below.

AreaArea Fire Control OfficerContact details
Australind TownsiteMichael Papalia0439 922 606
Australind, Leschenault, Parkfield and WellesleyMichael Papalia0439 922 606
Binningup, Parkfield and WellesleyWayne Jackson0418 940 929
MyalupWayne Jackson0418 940 929
Hoffman and YarloopTracy Osborn0457 088 073
UducKevin Prowse0418 921 811
Brunswick TownMax Van Weert0438 974 107
Olive Hill, Brunswick and RoelandsMax Van Weert0438 974 107
Harvey Hills/Benger/ Harvey TownsiteVaughn Byrd0404 800 302
Cookernup Jayden Marinelli0402 175 047

Preparing for your burn

Assuming you have received a permit to burn, you must adhere to the following conditions:

  • 24 hours prior to your planned burn date, contact the Shire on 9729 0300 and provide your permit number (weekend burning must be notified by Friday at 4pm).
  • 4-28 days prior to your planned burn, notify the owner and/or occupier of adjoining land.
  • If your land is situated within 3 km of state forest land, a national park or nature reserve, you must notify the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions on  9735 1988.

Burning garden waste during the restricted period

  • Check the fire danger rating
  • Ensure there are no fire bans in place
  • Check the weather conditions (wind strength, the direction of the wind)
  • 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
  • Use metal fittings on your hoses if possible.

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

If the fire becomes uncontrollable call 000 immediately.

More information and contacts

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

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