Local Laws and Burning Off

Permits and information about burning off in Mitchell


Burning off


Burning off is a common way to reduce fuel loads on your property, but there are a few things to check before you go ahead. 

Depending on where you live and the time of year, there may be restrictions on when you can burn.


From the end of the declared CFA Fire Danger Period to 1 October each year

If you live in a residential area, semi-rural area or urban growth area on land less than 0.4 hectares (approximately 1 acre), you can burn off on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10am and 3pm (subject to suitable weather conditions).

To burn off outside these times, you’ll need a permit.

Fines of $200 can be issued if caught burning off outside these times.

Rural areas can burn off on any day of the week (subject to suitable weather conditions). 

From 1 October each year to the start of the CFA Fire Danger Period 

Permits are required in residential, urban growth areas and semi-rural areas.

Open air burning is allowed on rural properties.

During the CFA Fire Danger Period

You can’t burn off during this time.

However, in some situations we may consider issuing a permit for a windrow, stump, log or vegetation with a diameter greater than 75mm. 

A windrow is any combustible or inflammable material, including garden or tree waste and household rubbish (unless listed as not allowed) that is stored in an area exceeding 2 cubic metres.


There are four different property types:

  • Residential
  • Semi-rural
  • Urban growth area (on land less than 0.4 hectares, or approximately 1 acre)
  • Rural

If you're not sure what your propery is classifed as, check out the township maps on pages 30-36 of our Local Law No. 1 Community and Environment (PDF, 2680K).

How do i apply for a permit?

It’s simple, fill out the form below and return it to Council.

SAFETY TIPS for burning off

There are a number of safety tips and legal requirements to ensure your burn off is safe. 

  • Check and follow local laws and regulations from the CFA and Council
  • Only light fires during the times specified in Council's local law or permit conditions
  • Let your neighbours know before you burn off
  • Notify the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511 to avoid unnecessary call outs from the CFA
  • Check the weather forecast for the day of the burn and a few days afterwards
  • Establish a fire break of at least 3 metres
  • Make sure there are enough people to monitor, contain and extinguish the burn off
  • Never leave your burn off unattended
  • The fire must be lit and extinguished during daylight hours (or in accordance with permit conditions)

For more information please check Council's Burning Off fact sheet and local law below or visit the CFA website


Burning off is a common way to clean up excess green waste, branches and leaves from around your property. It's also a good way to prepare your property ahead of the fire season. You can burn off for fire safety purposes.

To minimise nuisance to neighbours and harmful material being burnt, you cannot burn the following items:

  • Green or wet materials
  • Non-timber building materials
  • Rubber or plastic, including plastic mulch, plant pots and packaging materialsFurnishings 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 Primary Industries as the only means of disposal
  • Other offensive, noxious or toxic matter

Can I use an incinerator?

Incinerators cannot be used on any land within a residential area or an Urban Growth Area with land less than 0.4 hectares (approximately 1 acre). 


Check out our burning off fact sheet or our local law. 

You can also find more information on the CFA’s website including information about fire restrictions once the fire danger period is declared and advice for safely burning off.