Bass Coast,

Fire Danger Period has ended in Bass Coast but Local Laws still apply

The fire danger period for Bass Coast may have ended on 1 May; however, Bass Coast Shire Council wishes to remind residents about their obligations when conducting local burn-offs.

While the CFA’s seasonal restriction on lighting fires in the open has been lifted, restrictions still apply under Council’s Local Law No. 1 - Neighbourhood Amenity 2012 where it is prohibited to burn-off in residential and built up areas.

Residents in non-built up areas may burn off in accordance with Councils Burning-Off Guidelines (outside of the fire danger period).

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said that Council has worked together with the CFA to develop guidelines to help people understand where and when they can burn-off.

“Over the last few years, the CFA and Council have worked together to develop guidelines to help people understand what they must do before, during and after a burn off,” Cr Rothfield said.

“Although open air and incinerator fires aren’t permitted in residential or built up areas at any time, different circumstances do apply for rural properties. The guidelines apply for any open air burning off you may want to do and aim to protect the safety and comfort of all residents and visitors.”

The guidelines include important information, such as who to notify about the burn and how much notice needs to be given. For example, notice to adjoining landowners or occupiers must be given 24-hours before the burn.

To ensure the fire services are aware of your planned burn, please give the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) two-hours prior notification by calling 1800 668 511.

If the area to be burnt is next to a residential area, Council’s Local Laws Team must be notified too by calling 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, two-hours prior to light up.

Council’s Burning-Off Guidelines are available at or by contacting Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.