Businesses or individuals who need to use fire in the open air 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.
Applications for all permit types will be considered based on local and expected conditions. Permits may or may not be granted. An application does not guarantee that a permit will be issued.
Any permit issued may be suspended for a period of time at the direction of CFA or by declaration of a Total Fire Ban; it may also be cancelled by the issuing officer.
Do I need a permit?
Check CFA's 'Can I or can't I' page for further information.
How do I apply for a Fire Danger Period permit?
The following information will help you determine what type of Fire Danger Period permit is required for your need, and how to apply.
Schedule 13 permit
A Schedule 13 permit may be issued to burn fine fuel (such as grass, stubble, weeds), and only where there is an essential need to burn during the Fire Danger Period.
For example: farming - broad acre cropping.
- Depending on your location, the assessment of applications and issuing of Schedule 13 permits may be done by a Municipal Fire Prevention Officer or CFA.
Contact your local council or local CFA District office to enquire as to where you should source an application form.
- Submit your form according to Council or CFA instruction.
Schedule 14 permit
A Schedule 14 permit may be issued to light a fire for purposes not covered by a Schedule 13 permit, and only where it is essential to use fire during the Fire Danger Period.
For example: biosecurity requirements such as diseased plants or deceased livestock; essential hot works to repair or maintain infrastructure on rail or road corridors, solid fuel catering; fireworks; blacksmithing; hot air ballooning; bird scaring device; etc.
- Fill out the Fire Danger Period Schedule 14 application form (PDF 3.5Mb) | Word version (DOCX 47k) , 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 email@example.com or:
CFA Permit Officer
c/o CFA Level 4
PO Box 500
Melbourne VIC 8002
- Submit your form to CFA early. Permit management processes and inspections, if required, may take some time. Applicants should aim to lodge their forms by September each year.
CFA will notify you of its decision. 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.
Other important information:
Country area of Victoria
- Permits to burn during the Fire Danger Period are only applicable for land within the country area of Victoria. The country area of Victoria may include outer metropolitan Melbourne suburbs but does not include the Metropolitan Fire District (MFB), any forest, national park or protected public land.
- In some areas, called fire protected areas, which are within the country area of Victoria and within 1.5km of forests, national park or protected public land, fire restrictions are determined by the Prohibited Period under the Forests Act. Permits to burn in these areas must be obtained from DELWP regional offices. The list of places where the Prohibited Period applies can be found on the Forest Fire Management Victoria website.
- If you are not sure if your burn location is within the country area of Victoria, please check the CFA & MFB boundaries or contact CFA Headquarters on (03) 9262 8444. The Fire Danger Period does not apply in the Metropolitan Fire District (MFB).
Total Fire Ban Days
- Permits issued to use fire in the open air during a Fire Danger Period, DO NOT ALLOW the permit holder to use fire on a day of Total Fire Ban.
- A person may apply to CFA for a Section 40 permit to light a fire on a Total Fire Ban day, but only for specific purposes. See Total Fire Ban permits for more information.
- Conditions will apply if a permit is granted. The applicant agrees to comply with all conditions.
- Failure to comply with each and every condition contained in any permit issued is an offence under the law and penalties for non-compliance will apply.
- Compliance with the permit conditions will not of itself relieve the permit holder from liability (civil or criminal) for any damage sustained by another person as a result of any fire lit by the permit holder.
- Notifications, as required by the permit conditions, are very important. These notifications are to prevent an unwarranted response by the local Fire Brigade as a result of a '000' call being received. Refer to the permit for specific detail regarding who must be notified before you burn.