Fire Danger Period

The Fire Danger Period will end at midnight on Sunday 21st March 2021.

Burning off is not permitted during the Fire Danger Period. Council will not be issuing permits for burning off during this time or at any other times when localised conditions present a significant risk. 

Permit to Burn

Burning off in the open air in Manningham is prohibited unless you have a valid Permit.

If you own, reside in, or manage a property greater in size than 2500 square metres, you may be eligible for a Permit to Burn. Permits exist to help residents safely prepare their properties prior to the Fire Danger Period and to regulate these activities to ensure they do not impact on the safety of the public, create a nuisance or unduly affect the amenity of the area.

To be eligible for a Permit to Burn, you must understand the Fire Danger Ratings. Ratings are forecast using Bureau of Meteorology data for up to four days in advance, based on weather and other environmental conditions such as fuel load.

Before you apply for a new permit for 2021 you need to be aware that:

  • Outside of the Fire Danger Period, you cannot burn off when the Fire Danger Rating is Very High or above. The permit holder needs to check the Fire Danger Rating for the day they intend to burn.
  • You must register any burning off with the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) on 1800 668 511 prior to commencement.
  • Further conditions apply to all Permits and will be provided on approval of your Permit. You must read and be aware of any conditions prior to open air burning.

Types of burning off permit

Occupied Land (greater than 2500 square metres)

If you own or reside in a property East of the Mullum Mullum Creek you are eligible for a Permit to Burn.

  • You cannot burn on Sundays during June, July and August.

If you own or reside in a property West of the Mullum Mullum Creek you are eligible for a Permit to Burn.

  • You cannot burn on any Sunday.
  • You are only permitted to burn during the months of May, September and November.

Vacant Land

You may be entitled to a Permit to Burn for specific dates during the year.

  • We will inspect your property to make sure the burn can be undertaken safely.
  • You will need to have your burn piles in a cleared location ready for inspection.
  • You will need to have a sufficient water supply and the ability to extinguish it if required.
  • An adult must be present at all times during the burn.
  • An application fee applies for this permit type whether the application is successful or not.

How to apply for a Permit to Burn

Apply online
To apply online, please select one of the following options: 

Permit to Burn - Occupied Land

Permit to Burn - Vacant Land

Any application received during the Fire Danger Period will be held and assessed at the end of the Fire Danger Period, and issued where applicable.

Please note that all new permits to burn will be issued for a single year, this is due to Council undertaking a review of the regulations in relation to burning off during 2021.

Apply by email or regular mail
Download an Icon for application/pdf Application for Permit to Burn 2021 (430.52 KB) and email to: or send via post to PO Box 1, Doncaster VIC 3108.

Apply in person
Apply in person at the Customer Service Desk, Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.


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