When can I burn?

Within the boundaries of Serpentine Jarrahdale there is abundant native vegetation, which makes many areas bush fire prone.  There is the need to restrict or prohibit the lighting of fires in the open air or restrict activities likely to cause a fire.


In the Shire, the restricted and prohibited burning periods are outlined below. These dates are subject to variation and alterations will be published in the local newspaper as well as below.

1m by 1m garden refuse 6pm to 11pm*

Wood and solid fuel barbecue

Grass, paddock, bonfire, bush

Restricted Burning Period

1 October to 30 November**

Allowed

In accordance with conditions outlined below.

Allowed

In accordance with conditions outlined below.

Permit Required

Contact your local Fire Control Officer.

Prohibited Burning Period

1 December to 28 April**

Prohibited

Allowed

In accordance with conditions outlined below.

Prohibited

Restricted Burning Period

29 April to 31 May**

Allowed

In accordance with conditions outlined below.

Allowed

In accordance with conditions outlined below.

Permit Required

Contact your local Fire Control Officer.

Unrestricted burning period
(burning is allowed on any day, at any time)

June - September**

Allowed 

There are no fire restrictions on burning; however, if the Fire Danger Rating is Very High or above and/or a Total Fire Ban has been put in place then no burning is permitted. It is your legal responsibility to check prior to undertaking any burn. Health legislation is also still applicable.

Allowed

Allowed

*6pm - 11pm time restriction applies only during the restricted burning period. You may burn at any time during the unrestricted burning period. 

**Subject to seasonal changes. Please check with the Shire Administration Centre on 9526 1111.

Prohibited and Restricted Burning Periods are declared by the Authority under section 17 and 18 respectively of the Bush Fires Act 1954.

To obtain further information read the Shire’s Firebreak Notice here, contact your local Fire Control Officer or contact the Shire Office on 9526 1111.

For more information on your firebreak requirements click here.

When can I use my BBQ?

Electric BBQs

Anytime of the year, even during a TFB.

Gas BBQs

Anytime of the year, even during a TFB.

Solid fuel BBQs

Can’t be used when the FDR is Very High or above or during a TFB.

The TFB includes all open air fires for cooking or camping. It also includes incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting.

Remember that during the prohibited burning period you need to have no flammable material within a 3m radius of your BBQ.

Burning your garden waste

During the restricted period

  • You can’t burn on Sundays and Public Holidays.
  • You can only burn one pile of garden waste at a time.
  • Each pile must not be bigger than 1 cubic metre. Clear 3 metres around the edge of your pile for safety.
  • The burn must be lit after 6pm. You can add waste to your burn until 11pm (can’t exceed 1 cubic metre at a time). The burn needs to be completely out before midnight.
  • Be a good neighbour and let the people living near you know 72 hours before you burn.
  • Only burn dry garden waste from your land, no building materials, household goods, plastic, pallets or cardboard. Don’t use accelerants.
  • Stay and attend to your burn until it is extinguished. Ensure you have an adequate water supply.

During the unrestricted period

  • You can burn on Sundays and Public Holidays.
  • You can burn at any time of the day.
  • You don’t need a permit.
  • Remember during the unrestricted period you’re still responsible for your burn.

You need to:

  • Consider the impact of smoke on others.
  • Keep the burn contained and controlled.
  • Make sure the burn is fully extinguished once it’s complete.

If your burn escapes, you are responsible for any damage caused.