Burning off

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Many parts of Indigo Shire are prone to bush fires and you need a Local Law permit from Council before you can burn off in townships.  Follow the rules, respect your neighbours and the community.

Permit or not, you must not burn off on declared Total Fire Ban days.

What if I need to burn off?

Burning off in a township

  • You must have a Local Law permit(DOC, 287KB) from Council to burn off in the open in a township area.
  • A township area in defined as land in a residential zone or area developed mainly for housing and which abuts a road or roads with a speed limit of 50km/h or lower.

Burning off outside a township

  • You do not need a permit to burn off in non-township areas outside of the declared fire danger period.
  • You must have public liability insurance.
  • You must register your burn with the CFA on 1800 668 511 and notify the operator of your permit number 30 minutes before ignition.
  • This is so CFA and emergency services are aware of your activities as often 000 is dialled when a fire is noticed.

 Burning off on the roadside

  • A permit is required for roadside burning on all council managed roads.

 What happens if I don't follow the rules?

Council enforcement officers can fine you $500 under Local Law No.2. Our rangers are often made aware of illegal burning in towns. They will attend and issue fines accordingly.