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Total Fire Ban Permits

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Do not wait for a day of Total Fire Ban to apply for a permit.

Total Fire Ban permits can be issued at the beginning of the Fire Danger Period (typically September to April) to allow you to work on any days of Total Fire Ban. Waiting until a day of Total Fire Ban may result in you not receiving your permit on time and therefore being unable to undertake your activity for the day.

Total Fire Ban Who can apply for a Total Fire Ban (Section 40) Permit?

  • Community organisations
  • Charitable organisations
  • Fundraising organisations
  • Statutory corporations
  • Municipal Councils
  • Industrial operations or trade

Applications for a Total Fire Ban day permit can only be considered for specified purposes:

  • Carrying out necessary work / business activity
  • Public Entertainment
  • Religious or cultural purposes 

Types of activities requiring a permit:

  • Welding, cutting and/or grinding
  • Heating and spreading of bitumen and like substances
  • Blow lamps or gas torches
  • Safety fuses in blasting operations
  • Emergency flares at civil and military aerodromes
  • Flares at a petroleum fractionation plant, a gas plant or any plant of a like nature
  • Industrial heat testing
  • Bee keeping - using bee smokers
  • Catering - use of fire in the open air (applicant must hold a Temporary Food Premises / Stall permit from the relevant Municipal Health Officer)
  • Fireworks and other uses of fire for public entertainment (applicant must hold a Pryotechnical License)
  • Sawmill waste and refuse burners
  • Use of LPG burners for Hot Air Ballooning (applicant must be a commercial operator).

To apply for a Total Fire Ban permit:

Depending on the location of the activity, the assessment of applications and issuing of Total Fire Ban permits may be done by:

  • CFA if the planned activity is within the country area of Victoria or

  • Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) if the planned activity is within the FRV fire district

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) if the planned activity is within any forest, national park, protected public or fire protected area.

  1. Total Fire Ban permits issued by CFA, FRV or DELWP can be applied for online through Fire Permits Victoria

  1. If you are unable to apply online, for permit applications within the country area of Victoria;

    • Fill out the Total Fire Ban permit application form (PDF 399k) | Word version (docx 40k), explaining why it is necessary for you to use fire in the open air on a day of Total Fire Ban (TFB).
    • DO NOT WAIT FOR A TFB to be declared by CFA, permits can be issued prior and be valid for the whole summer.
    • Return your form, with all sections fully completed, to fire.restrictions@cfa.vic.gov.au or post to:

      CFA Permit Officer
      Level 8 136 Exhibition Street
      Melbourne VIC 8002

    • Submit your form early. Permit management processes and inspections, if required, may take some time. Applicants should aim to lodge their forms by September each year. During peak times (e.g. the first declared TFB for the season), it can take up to a week to issue permits.

  2. If you are unable to apply online, for permit applications within the FRV fire district or DELWP managed public land and fire protected areas;

    • Obtain an application form from your local FRV Regional Office. Submit the form according to FRV instructions
    • Obtain an application form from your local DELWP Regional Office. Submit the form according to DELWP instructions.

If you are not sure if your planned activity is within the country area of Victoria or the FRV fire district, please check the CFA & FRV boundaries. Further information about fire restrictions on public land and fire protected areas can be found on the Forest Fire Management Victoria website.

Note: If applying online, the system will work out which agency is aligned to your application.

CFA, FRV or DELWP 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. The agencies operational activity may also delay permit application processing.

Other important information

Country area of Victoria

The country area of Victoria means that part of Victoria which lies outside the FRV fire district, but does not include any forest, national park or protected public land.

Fire protected areas

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.

The list of places and dates where the Prohibited Period applies can be found on the Forest Fire Management Victoria website.

TFB permits to burn in these areas are issued by DELWP. You can apply for a permit through the Fire Permits Victoria website or obtain and application form from your local DELWP Regional Offices.

Notifications

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.

The Fire Permits Victoria website also allows you to notify authorities when you plan to use your permit.

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