Burning off on private land
If in doubt, do not light a fire
General advice about fire restrictions
Restrictions apply to burning off on private land in Victoria. These restrictions are important to reduce the chance of a bushfire that could result in loss of life and property. They are actively enforced.
This page is a guide. More detail on requirements can be found in the relevant legislation or regulations. For assistance or further information, please contact your local DELWP office.
Note that Burning off on State forest, national park and protected public land is the responsibility of DELWP.
On Total Fire Ban days
On days of Total Fire Ban, burning off is not permitted anywhere. All burning off is banned.
Any authority to burn is automatically suspended (this is specified in the conditions on the authority to burn).
Seasonal – permits required
During the seasonal prohibited period fire restrictions under the Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014 are in force. They apply over private land within 1.5 kilometres of public land (see definition at fire restrictions and regulations) in the following municipalities:
- Gippsland – Baw Baw Shire, East Gippsland Shire, Latrobe City, Wellington Shire
- North East Victoria – Alpine Shire, Benalla Rural City, Indigo Shire, Mansfield Shire, Mitchell Shire, Murrindindi Shire, Strathbogie Shire, Towong Shire, Wangaratta Rural City, Wodonga City
- Alpine Resorts – Falls Creek, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham.
In other areas the CFA and municipal councils may also have restrictions in place.
An authority to burn will specify certain conditions that you must comply with, such as:
- width of fuelbreaks
- time and days of lighting and extinguishment
Any authority to burn is automatically suspended on:
- a day of Total Fire Ban and
- certain other days.
Outside the seasonal prohibited period
Outside of the seasonal prohibited period, DELWP does not impose conditions on burning off on private land. You are, however, still responsible for the safety and liability of your fire, and any damages or consequences caused by the fire or fire escape.
The CFA and municipal councils may have restrictions in place.