Fire restrictions now in force
No open air burning is permitted without a permit
Fire Danger Period
The Fire Danger Period is NOT the same thing as a Total Fire Ban.
The County Fire Authority (CFA) has declared the Fire Danger Period for the Swan Hill Rural City Council commenced on 15 October 2018.
Burning off during the Fire Danger Period
During the Fire Danger Period no open air burning is allowed without a Schedule 13 permit issued by the CFA.
Permits are only issued for fuel reduction purposes and usually only granted during the first three or four weeks during the Fire Danger Period. No permits will be issued between December and February.
If the application is granted by the CFA, you will be issued with a Schedule 13 permit. All conditions must be adhered to; failure to comply with conditions may result in infringement penalties being issued.
All fires in the open air are banned during Total Fire Ban days. Any permits issued by the CFA are suspended for the duration of any Total Fire Ban Days. All fires must be completely extinguished prior to the commencement of the Total Fire Ban.
Prior to lighting any fire property owners must register the burn with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority by calling 1800 668 511.
Open air burning outside the Fire Danger Period
Section 55 of Council’s Community Local Law No. 2 states;
A person must not light or allow to be lit or remain alight any open air burn in any part of the municipal district which is zoned commercial or residential under Council’s Planning Scheme.
A person must not burn or cause to burn any material in the open air on any land, road within a residential area except in a pizza oven, barbecue, fire pit, chimenea, fire brazier or other properly constructed appliance while it is being used for cooking food or heating.
On the spot fines may be imposed for breaches of this law.
Open air burning is only permitted in farming zones if the burning is 100 metres or more from a neighbouring residence. Under no circumstances are offensive materials such as chemicals, rubber, plastic, petroleum, oil, paint, lawn clippings or food waste permitted to be burnt.
Register your burn-off
Permits are not required for open air burning farming properties outside the declared Fire Danger Period; however prior to lighting any fire property owners must:
- Register the burn with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority
Call: 1800 668 511
- Notify the Council Municipal Fire Prevention Officer
Call: 5036 2346.
Phone: (03) 5036 2346 (office hours only)