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Heat and fire

Burning off and fireworks

Key points

  • The Fire Danger Period (FDP) for Mitchell Shire Council ended on 29 March 2021.
  • If you would like to burn off, you must check if you need a Council permit first. Restrictions apply for different property types.
  • All burn offs must be registered with the Country Fire Authority (CFA).

Do I need a Council permit to burn off on my property?

Depending on what zone you live in, you may need a permit to burn off. There may also be restrictions that limit which days you're allowed to burn off.

There are three types of zones:

  • residential and properties under 0.4 hectare
  • semi-rural properties over 0.4 hectare
  • rural.

Click on the relevant zone below to find out what restrictions are in place for burning off.

Residential and properties under 0.4 hectare

If you live in a residential property, you can burn off:

  • 10am-3pm Wednesday and Saturday – no Council permit required
  • Any other time – Council permit required

Please note:

  • All burn offs must be registered with the CFA.
Semi-rural properties over 0.4 hectare

If you live in a semi-rural area, you can burn off:

  • 10am-3pm Wednesday and Saturday – no Council permit required
  • Any other time – Council permit required

Please note:

  • All burn offs must be registered with the CFA.
Rural

If you live in a rural area, you can burn off:

  • Any time – no Council permit required

Please note:

  • All burn offs must be registered with the CFA.

If you are unsure on what zone you live in, refer to the guide on pages 30 to 36 of the of the Local Law No. 1 Community and Environment (download below), or call Council on 03 5734 6200.

Apply for a permit to burn off

Step 1

Download and complete the Burning off Permit Application Form (download below)

Step 2

Return the form to any of our Customer and Library Service Centres or email your documents to mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.

Step 3

Council will contact you once your permit has been processed

Please note

Applications must be submitted 10 working days prior to your proposed day of burning to allow for processing.

Register your burn off with the CFA

All burn offs must be registered with CFA. You can via the following methods:

For more information on registering your burn off with the CFA, visit the CFA website.

Materials that can't be burnt

  • wet materials (make sure all green waste has dried out before burning)
  • non-timber building materials
  • rubber or plastic, including plastic mulch, plant pots and packaging materials
  • furnishings and carpet
  • manufactured chemicals
  • petrol or oil products
  • paint
  • food waste
  • manure and straw
  • carcasses or dead animals or birds, unless prescribed by the Department of Agriculture as the only means of disposal
  • other offensive, noxious or toxic matter.

Fire pits

Fire pits can be lit in Mitchell Shire during non-Fire Danger Period months, however, please be mindful of your the surrounding properties and avoid unnecessary amounts of smoke or ash travelling into a neighbours property or otherwise. For more information, please call Council on 03 5734 6200.

Infringements for fire offences

When burning off is prohibited, lighting a fire will result in a fine. Burning illegal substances at any time of year will also result in a fine. To find out what you can and can’t burn please visit the CFA's burning off page.

Report illegal fireworks

If you are concerned about the legalities of fireworks being let off, please contact us on 03 5734 6200. One of our Local Laws Officers will manage the concern.

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This page was last updated on 12 April 2021.