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Guidelines for burning off safely

Guidelines for burning off safely

Thursday 18 March 2021

The Fire Danger Period for Bass Coast ended on 15 March 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 Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said that Council has worked together with the CFA to develop guidelines to help people understand when and where 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 Tessari 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 a burn, the size of the pile that can be burnt and how much notice needs to be given. For example, notice to direct neighbours must be given 24-hours before a burn.

Other things to consider when planning a burn off include access to an adequate water supply, weather conditions and location.

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 or to view the guidelines, visit or contact Council’s Community Safety Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.