- Open Air Burning
Open Air Burning
The Fire Danger Period ended at 1am on April 9, 2017.
Can I burn off?
Open air burning is allowed in South Gippsland Shire depending on the zoning off your property. A permit to burn is required if your property is zoned as one of the following:
- Low Density Residential
- Commercial 1
- Mixed Used
A permit to burn is not required in the farming zone or rural living zone.
Please contact Council's Customer Service on 5662 9200 to confirm the zone of your property.
Can I have a fire for cooking or heating?
Yes, provided it is for:
- A barbecue, pizza oven or other properly constructed appliance while it is being used for cooking food;
- A fire in a manufactured fireplace while it is being used for heating.
Please see the CFA's Can I, Can't I Brochure for more information.
How do I get a permit?
You will need to complete the following form.
There may be circumstances whereby Council will issue a permit to burn to landowners that cannot comply with the general open air burning regulations. Council gives due regard to the following when assessing permit applications:
- The size of the land
- That the land is in a designated bushfire risk area
- That the burn off is strictly for fire prevention purposes only
- The ability of the landowner to remove the vegetation via more appropriate methods
- The proximity to neighbouring assets and property
- The risk of smoke nuisance
Landowners who are unsure as to their eligibility should contact the Council's Customer Service Officers on 5662 9200 before submitting a permit to burn application.
What are the general fire safety provisions when I am burning off?
Council asks all residents undertaking open air burning to do so in accordance with the following:
- Give notice to adjoining landowners/occupiers at least 24 hours prior to the burn
- Give notice to ESTA (Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority) 2 hours prior to the burn by calling 1800 668 511 (Prevents unnecessary response from fire brigades)
- Establish a fire break of no less than 3 metres cleared of all flammable material
- Ensure the fire is supervised by an adult at all times
- Ensure there is sufficient fire protection/suppression equipment available on site at all times
- Ensure the vegetation to be burnt is dead and dry prior to lighting (no green waste)
- Ensure at the site of the fire, the wind speed does not exceed 20 kilometres per hour (11 knots)
- Notify the Victorian Bushfire Line of your burn on 1800 240 667