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Fire permits

If you need to use fire in the open air during the Fire Danger Period or on a day of Total Fire Ban you may require a permit.

There are two types of permits. Click on a box to find out more and get a permit application form.

  1. During the Fire Danger Period

    A permit valid for use during the declared Fire Danger Period but not on Total Fire Ban Days (this is called a Schedule 14
    Permit)

  2. or

  3. Days of Total Fire Ban

    A permit valid for days of Total Fire Ban only (this is called a Section 40 Permit)

What type of activity requires a permit for using fire in the open air?

The below table is a guide only. Please contact your CFA District Office to discuss any aspects that you cannot determine from this guide or if your activity is not listed.

ActivityFire Danger PeriodTotal Fire Ban
Blacksmithing Permit Required Will not be granted
Blasting / use of fuses Permit Required Permit Required
Burning off grass, stubble, weeds Refer to Can I or Can’t I? Will not be granted
Catering Refer to Can I or Can’t I? Refer to Can I or Can’t I?
Diesel or gas powered steam cleaner Refer to CFA District Office Permit Required
Fire Training Refer to CFA District Office Will not be granted
Gas flare off Refer to CFA District Office Permit Required
Gas powered bird scaring devices Permit Required Will not be granted
Heating and spreading of bitumen Refer to Can I or Can’t I? Permit Required
Hot air ballooning Permit Required Permit Required
Public fireworks Permit Required Permit Required
Sawdust burner operation Refer to CFA District Office Permit Required
Use of blow lamps or gas torches Permit Required Permit Required
Welding, cutting, soldering and grinding Refer to Can I or Can’t I? Permit Required
Working with bees Refer to Can I or Can’t I? Permit Required
Other Refer to CFA District Office Refer to CFA District Office

Unsure if you need a permit?

Contact your local CFA District Office or CFA headquarters on (03) 9262 8444.

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