Burning Off

Burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation is generally permitted outside the Fire Danger Period.

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Local laws on burn-offs can apply year-round. Check with your local council before lighting up.


Before burning off, ensure:

  • You're following regulations or laws by CFA and your local council.
  • You notify your neighbours if your activity will generate fire and smoke.
  • Check the weather forecast for the day of the activity and a few days afterwards.
  • Establish a gap in vegetation or fire break with no less than three metres cleared of all flammable material.
  • There are enough people to monitor, contain and extinguish the burn safely and effectively.
  • You notify the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA).

Unregistered burn-offs can cause brigades to be called out unnecessarily.


Register your burn-off

Notify ESTA of your planned burn:

  • Online (Preferred) - Register online through the Fire Permits Victoria website. You can do so if your burn-off commences more than two hours from now.
  • By Phone - If you wish to start your burn-off immediately, or do not wish to utilise the online form, you may register your burn-off by calling ESTA on 1800 668 511, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. National Relay Service Users can ring 1300 555 727 and ask for Information to be relayed to ESTA via 1800 668 511
  • By Email - Complete the Burn off Notification Form (PDF 191.5KB) and email the form to burnoffs@esta.vic.gov.au.


Check CFAs Fire Permits page for information on permit requirements and application processes. 


Important note:

Some information that you provide may be displayed on the CFA website. This may include the street name and area where the planned burn you are registering will take place. This information may be shared using the CFA, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) and Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) websites at the time of ignition, as well as the VicEmergency website and app and internal incident management systems.



Page last updated:  Thursday, 11 May 2023 10:21:30 AM