Businesses or individuals who need to use fire to conduct their work during the Fire Danger Period may require a permit. Permit applications are assessed in accordance with the Country Fire Authority Act 1958.
To apply for a Fire Danger Period permit:
- Fill out the Fire Danger Period (Schedule 14) application form (PDF 242K), explaining why it is necessary for you to use fire in the open air during the Fire Danger Period.
- Return your form, with all sections fully completed, to the local CFA District Office.
- If you are applying for a permit to allow you to operate throughout the Country Area of Victoria*, send your form back to CFA Headquarters PO Box 701 Mt Waverly Vic 3149.
- Lodge your form with CFA early. Permit management processes and inspections, if required, may take some time. Regular applicants should aim to lodge their forms by September each year.
- CFA will notify you of its decision in due course. Permit applications may not be assessed until close to the time the work is to be conducted. This is so the weather and local conditions can be assessed. CFA’s operational activity may also delay permit application processing.
*The Country Area of Victoria may include outer metropolitan Melbourne suburbs but does not include the MFB Fire District, any forest, national park or protected public land. If you are not sure about the location you may need a permit for, please check the boundary on the orange key maps at the front of a Melways or contact CFA Headquarters on (03) 9262 8444.
Tell us if you are using your permit
If you have been issued a permit by CFA, please ensure you ring the District Office relevant to where you are going to operate, on each occasion you intend to use the permit. A contact list will be sent to you if a permit is granted.
If you are burning off
If you have been issued a planned burn or 'burn-off' permit by either CFA, or a Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, you need to give the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) prior notification.
Formal information you need to know
- Permits are not automatically granted. CFA may assess your application and determine not to issue a permit
- If granted, the permit holder must abide by all conditions that are set out in the permit
- Applicants should be aware that CFA may revoke any permit issued if deemed necessary
- Applicants should be aware that being granted a permit does not release them from liability or potential prosecution
Unsure if you need a permit?
Contact your local CFA District Office or CFA headquarters on (03) 9262 8444.