Fire Permits & Restrictions


Fire Restrictions

EM_Fire Sign _1Each year during the warmer months, the CFA declares a Fire Restriction Period. This period typically runs from November through to April, depending on weather and environmental conditions.  

When fire restrictions are in force,NO burning off can be done without a permit, including on road sides.

On days when a Total Fire Ban is declared,NO fires can be lit in the open from midnight to midnight. Fixed and portable gas or electric barbecues can be used, however conditions apply. In some cases, a permit may be required.

The use of incinerators and activities such as welding, gas-cutting, soldering, grinding, charring and heating bitumen are also prohibited.

It is the responsibility of all residents to ensure that they are aware of, and comply with, fire restriction conditions.

Please see Councils Community Local Law 17  to see if you require a permit, and if what you wish to burn is allowed. 

A permit to burn can be obtained by contacting Customer Service 5320 5500. People undertaking any burning off (open air fires) in the municipality must ensure that the fire does not escape from the burn area.  When conducting a burn off it must be monitored at all times with sufficient water to extinguish and control the fire.  

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Within the declared Fire Restriction Period

If you wish to light a fire in the open air for burning-off purposes when the declared Fire Restriction Period is in force, the CFA Act (1958) requires that you apply for and obtain a Permit to Burn.

Burning off without a permit may result in legal action taking place under the CFA Act 1958 with possible fines up to $17,000.00 and/or 12 months imprisonment.

To apply for a permit to burn :

Complete a Permit to Burn Online OR contact the City of Ballarat Municipal Fire Prevention Officer on 5320 5568.


For more information on what can and cant be done during the Fire Danger Period please go to Can I or Can’t I?

Outside the declared Fire Restriction Period

Outside of the declared Fire Restriction Period, the requirements and conditions relating to lighting fires in the open air are specified under Council’s local laws.

Under this law, a Permit to Burn must be obtained if you wish to light a fire, or allow a fire to remain alight, in the open air or in an incinerator on any land of less than 2,000 square metres within an urban residential area or township residential area.

To find out more read Local Law 17

To obtain a Permit to Burn outside of the declared Fire Restriction Period, complete a Permit to Burn Online.

If you plan to do any burning off it is also recommended that the burn is listed with the Burn Off Notification Line (VicFire) 1800 668 511.


If you live outside of the municipality please see the CFA for further information

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