Fire Permits & Fire Safety
Fire prevention and safety is everyone’s responsibility. Council works with the CFA and other local agencies to educate the community on how best to prevent, prepare for and respond to fires. This includes fire management planning, inspecting properties for fire hazards and issuing permits to burn.
Fire Danger Period
The CFA determine a Fire Danger Period generally October through to April. Exact dates are advertised each year and permits to burn will NOT be issued and burning off cannot occur during this period.
Can I get a Local Law permit to burn?
Residential and Commercial Properties - NO
Council’s Local Laws prohibit burning off in Residential and Commercial Zones. This includes burning waste in backyard incinerators. No fire permits can be issued for these areas. On-the-spot fines can be imposed for breaches of this law.
Dryland Farming Properties – NO (NOT REQUIRED)
Property owners can burn off outside of the Fire Danger Period and do not require a permit for this. There are a number of conditions and requirements and property owners should contact VICFIRE on 1800 668 511 to notify any burning activities.
Irrigated Horticultural Properties - YES
Property owners can burn off outside of the Fire Danger Period if they have a permit. There are a number of conditions on the permit and property owners should contact VICFIRE on 1800 668 511 before commencing the permitted burn.
*Due to COVID-19 restrictions Council’s Customer Service Centres are unable to provide face-to-face service, meaning all fire permit questions and applications must be made by phone. You will need an email address and ability to pay using credit card.
To apply for a fire permit, or further information about fire permits and eligibility, call (03) 5018 8100.
Residents planning to burn off are required to ensure permit conditions are adhered to at all times, and as a matter of courtesy, neighbours within 200 meters should be notified before any burning takes place.
Unsightly Land & Fire Hazards
All property owners are required to keep their properties free from fire hazards. Fire hazards can include long or overgrown grass, rubbish, abandoned machinery and other materials.
Council inspects all properties in the municipality to ensure they comply with Local Laws which prohibit unsightly land. If you are concerned about an unsightly land or fire hazards contact Council.
Neighbourhood Safer Places (Places of Last Resort)
Also known as a Place of Last Resort, a Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) is an area that provides a level of protection from the immediate life-threatening effects of a bushfire (direct flame contact and radiant heat). They provide a place of relative safety, but do not guarantee the survival of those who assemble there and should only be accessed when personal bushfire survival plans cannot be implemented or have failed.
Not all townships will have an NSP because specific criteria identified may not be met. Current Neighbourhood Safer Places in our region include:
Mildura Aerodrome Ovals, Eleventh Street, Mildura
Johanansen Memorial Recreational Reserve, Sturt Highway, Cullulleraine
Mildura South Football Ground, Twelfth Street, Mildura
Kenny Park, Box Street, Merbein
Quandong Park, Calder Highway, Red Cliffs
Henshilwood Oval, Karadoc Avenue, Irymple
Blackburn Park, Calder Highway, Ouyen
Mildura Show Grounds, Twelfth Street, Mildura
Underbool Linga Memorial Hall, 12-14 Malkin Avenue, Underbool