Prescribed Burns and Permits

There are legal requirements for hazard reduction burning depending on the time of year and type of burning taking place. This may include the requirement to obtain a permit from your local Fire Control Officer, notify certain persons or to abide by specific conditions.

To find out the current burning period, please refer to the When can I burn? webpage

Burning permits

If you want to burn grass, paddocks and bush during the Restricted Burning Period, you will need a burning permit.  To apply for a permit call your local Fire Control Officer at least 1 week before your burn.  They will assess your burn and issue a written permit (if approved).

Burning permits are only valid for the day or days written on the permit. If you have been refused a permit, you can’t reapply for the same burn. Appeals to a refusal can only be lodged to the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer by emailing info@sjshire.wa.gov.au.

If you want to burn a Council road reserve or verge you need written approval from the Shire, as well as an approved permit from a Fire Control Officer. Contact us on 9526 1111 for more information.

Before you apply

  • Have your address ready.
  • Know the size of your burn and ensure materials are dry.
  • Check your firebreaks are maintained and that the burn area is trafficable.
  • Check your firefighting equipment and resources are in good working order.
  • Have the contact numbers of 3 able bodied people who will be at the burn.
  • Remove plastics, treated wood, tyres and other materials (you can only burn vegetation)

Key documents

Controlled Burning Neighbour Notification Slip

Information Note - Smoke Management

Department of Fire and Emergency Services - Winter Burning Guide

Mitigation - Template - Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale - Prescribed Burning Guidelines

Application for Shire Verge Burning

Application Form - Shire Verge Burning

Fines and penalties

Offence

Infringement

Maximum Penalty

Failure to produce permit to burn

$100

$500

Failure to comply with the directions of a Fire Control Officer

$250

$2,000

Offences relating to lighting a fire in the open air

$250

$3,000

Obstruction of an authorised officer

$250

$5,000

Disposal of burning cigarettes etc.

$100

$5,000

Apply to another Fire Control Officer for a permit where a permit has already been refused or granted subject to special conditions

$250

$10,000

Failure of occupier to extinguish bush fire

$250

$10,000

 

 

 

Setting fire to the bush during prohibited burning time

$250

$10,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment

Before you burn

You need to give at least 4 days but not more than 28 days notice (verbal or written) to:

  • Your local Fire Control Officer.
  • Your neighbours.
  • The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (if your burn is within 3km of State Forest or Regional/National Park).

Before you commence the burn, you need to notify the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Communications Centre on 9395 9209 and the Shire on 9526 1111.

If you’re being paid to burn on behalf of a landowner you need to have written permission from the landowner, an approved burning permit, a prescribed fire plan including details of the burn, a site plan and traffic and smoke management plans and insurance.

While you’re burning

  • Your firefighting equipment and 3 able bodied people must stay at the burn until it is safe to leave.
  • It is safe to leave when all burning or smouldering debris is fully extinguished within the burn area for a distance of 30 metres measured from the edge of the burn area.
  • You must monitor your burn to keep smoke from impacting on your neighbours or causing a traffic hazard.
  • It is the permit holder’s responsibility to control the burn. If you feel that your burn is out of control call 000.
  • If a Fire Control Officer thinks that your burn is out of control, you may need to extinguish it. If a Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade is required to extinguish your burn, costs may be incurred.
  • If your burn escapes, you must report the incident to us within 7 days, including how it escaped, any losses and the equipment used to suppress the fire. You may be held responsible for any damage caused to others.

Remember to get insurance to cover you, your land and your public liability responsibilities before you burn.

Remember our environment

Some properties have environmental values that need to be considered and protected.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Threatened ecological communities.
  • Environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Bush Forever sites.
  • Areas protected under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
  • Specific development or subdivision approval conditions.

If you think that your land may be affected by environmental values, please contact us on 9526 1111.

As burning can encourage weed growth we recommend you undertake weed control after burning to help maintain the reduced fuel loading. Contact Landcare SJ on 9526 0012 for more information.

Who to call for a permit

Location Contacts
Byford, Darling Downs, Karrakup and Cardup (East of Hopkinson Rd)

Frank Rankin - 9525 1146

David Gibson - 0425 250 100

Oakford, Oldbury (North of the rail line) and Cardup (West of Hopkinson Rd) Paul Williamson - 0439 994 803
Mundijong, Whitby, Mardella (North of Lowlands Rd and Oldbury, South of the rail line) Steve Chadwick - 0419 983 838
Jarrahdale Belinda Briscoe - 0427 474 809
Serpentine (West of the rail line), Hopeland (North or Utley Rd, Punrak Rd and Wigg Rd) Ray Elliott - 0409 106 610
Serpentine (East of the rail line)

Don Downey - 0400 252 352

Keysbrook (East of Westcott Rd) Scott Hambley - 0417 173 410
Keysbrook and Hopeland (West of Westcott Rd and South of Utley Rd) Ken Elliott - 0419 860 010


Please only contact Fire Control Officers between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Remember you can only call the Fire Control Officer appointed to your area or call us on 9526 1111.