Fire restrictions now in force
No open air burning is permitted without a permit
Fire Danger Period
The CFA has declared the Fire Danger Period for Swan Hill Rural City Council commenced on 30 October 2017.
No open air burning is allowed during the declared Fire Danger Period without a permit. Permits are only granted by Council and/or the CFA within the first two weeks of the Fire Danger Period.
For permit enquiries please contact the CFA Swan Hill District 18 offices on 5036 2800.
Find out what you can and can’t do during the declared Fire Danger Period, and on days of Total Fire Ban, when fires in the open air are legally restricted.
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 on rural properties 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.
Prior to lighting any fire property owners must register the burn with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority by calling 1800 668 511.
Phone: (03) 5036 2346