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Be aware of burning-off guidelines

Be aware of burning-off guidelines

Thursday 2 May 2019

The Fire Danger Period for Bass Coast ended on 1 May however, Bass Coast Shire Council wishes to remind residents about their obligations when conducting local burn-offs.

While restrictions on lighting fires in the open have been lifted, restrictions still apply under Council's Local Law No. 1 - Neighbourhood Amenity 2012. Under this Law, it is prohibited to burn-off in residential and built up areas.

Residents in rural areas can burn off in accordance with Council's Burning-Off Guidelines.

Bass Coast Shire Deputy Mayor, Cr Bruce Kent, said that Council has worked together with the CFA to develop guidelines to help people understand where and when they can burn-off.

"Although open air and incinerator fires aren't permitted in residential or built up areas at any time, different circumstances do apply for rural properties," Cr Kent said.

"The guidelines apply for any open air burning off you may want to do and aim to protect the safety and comfort of all residents and visitors."

The guidelines include important information, such as who to notify about the burn, the size of the pile you can burn and how much notice needs to be given. For example, notice to direct neighbours must be given 24-hours before the burn.

To ensure the fire services are aware of your planned burn, it is recommended to register your burn by calling 1800 668 511, at least two-hours before lighting the burn.

If the area to be burnt is next to a residential area, Council's Local Laws Team must be notified by calling 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, at least two-hours before lighting the burn.

For more information, visit or contact Council's Local Laws Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.