Burning off and fire restrictions

When is the Fire Danger Period?

The CFA declares the Fire Danger Period (FDP) based on local environmental conditions. The FDP is announced on www.cfa.vic.gov.au and Council’s social media. The FDP usually runs from November/December until early May depending on conditions.

When can I burn off?

You must register your burn off 20 minutes before ignition - phone 1800 668 511 to register.

Burning off is only permitted in the Surf Coast Shire outside the Fire Danger Period (FDP). During the FDP, burning in the open air is totally prohibited without a written permit from the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer. In the Surf Coast Shire generally, a permit to burn will only be issued for agricultural purposes.

In the township areas of the Surf Coast Shire, burning off of dried vegetation is permitted only on WEDNESDAY or SATURDAY between 10am-3pm outside the Fire Danger Period. All burn offs on private property must be conducted in accordance with our Burn Off Guidelines(PDF, 115KB) .

Township boundary maps have been revised in recent years. To check if your property falls within a township area, see Township Maps below or call Surf Coast Shire Council on 5261 0600. 

Options instead of burning off

Rather than burning off, smaller amounts of green waste can be disposed of in your green bin which is collected weekly. For larger amounts of green waste use your green waste vouchers at our waste transfer stations in Anglesea, Lorne or Winchelsea. For more information, see our Recycling and Waste page

Apply for a permit to burn off?

To burn off during the Fire Danger Period, you must have a written permit issued by the Council's Municipal Fire Prevention Officer (MFPO). You could be fined up to $16,900 or go to jail for up to 12 months for burning without a permit. For details see the CFA website.

Generally, permits will only be issued for agricultural and primary production purposes and will only be issued if the MFPO is satisfied that burning is necessary and able to be conducted safely.

To apply, please complete the Permit to Burn application(PDF, 52KB) and forward to the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer by email at mfpo@surfcoast.vic.gov.au or by post to:

The Municipal Fire Prevention Officer
Surf Coast Shire Council
PO Box 350
Torquay  Vic  3228

Please allow five working days to process the application, and allow inspection the burn site to be carried out.

Planned burns

Forest Fire Management Victoria conduct a planned burn program in our region to reduce fire fuel loads on crown land. These burns take place through autumn and spring. For more information and to receive notice of planned burns in your area, go to the Forest Fire Management Victoria website.

Fire Danger Ratings and what do they mean?

Fire Danger Rating tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one started.  It helps you to know when conditions are dangerous enough to put your bushfire survival plan in to action. Ratings are forecast using Bureau of Meteorology data for up to four days in advance, based on weather and other environmental conditions such as fuel load.

For more information on Fire Danger Ratings, what each code means and what today's rating is, go to the CFA website.