Burning restrictions and permits to burn

The City of Swan is currently in a RESTRICTED burning period.

Due to ongoing dry conditions and significant fire events, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Commissioner has extended this year’s Prohibited burning period until May 5, 2024 inclusive.

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Restricted burning periods (Apr - May and Oct - Nov)

During the restricted period you are not permitted to burn without a burning permit.

  • Under some conditions you may be able to burn a small pile of garden refuse after 6pm without a permit. Please visit Burning garden refuse for conditions and further information.
  • Cooking fires may be exempt subject to the conditions below.
  • Conditions and exemptions for heaters and incinerators can be found in the Annual Fire Season Guide under burning restrictions.

Note: On days when the fire danger rating is High or above, or a Total Fire Ban is declared, ALL burning (including exemptions) is prohibited.

Cooking Fires

Fires for the purpose of cooking are exempt from burning period restrictions subject to the following conditions:

  • The fire must not be lit if the Fire Danger Rating is High or above, or if a Total Fire Ban is declared.
  • The fire is contained in a purpose built appliance, and
    • is at a person’s home; or
    • is in an area is set aside for that purpose by the State Authority or City of Swan.
  • No flammable material within 5 metres of the fire.
  • At least one person capable of controlling the fire is in attendance at all times with adequate means of extinguishing the fire.

Burning Permits

Burning Permits are required during the restricted burning period which commences Monday 6 May.

Note – Fire Control Officers are not obligated to issue permits to burn and may provide advice on alternatives to burning.

Permits will not be issued for running fire under current conditions.

Note – issued permits are suspended on days when the fire danger is High and no burning is to occur. Please check the Fire Danger on the day by visiting Emergency WA before lighting up.

Apply for a burn permit

Unrestricted burning period (June - September)

During the unrestricted period you’re able to burn without a burning permit with the following conditions:

  • The property size is over 2000m2 (due to smoke impact on high density living areas).
  • The material being burnt is vegetative or untreated wood - not commercial waste, or treated materials that will release noxious smoke.

Note: On days when the fire danger rating is High or above, or a Total Fire Ban is declared, ALL burning (including exemptions) is prohibited.

Burning Permits

Burning permits are not required during the unrestricted burning period.
 

Prohibited burning period (November - May)

During the prohibited period you are NOT permitted to burn at all.

Cooking fires are exempt subject to the conditions below.

  • Conditions and exemptions for heaters and incinerators can be found in the Annual Fire Season Guide under burning restrictions.
  • Note: On days when the fire danger rating is High or above, or a Total Fire Ban is declared, ALL burning (including exemptions) is prohibited.

Cooking Fires

Fires for the purpose of cooking are exempt from burning period restrictions subject to the following conditions:

  • The fire must not be lit if the Fire Danger Rating is High or above, or if a Total Fire Ban is declared.
  • The fire is contained in a purpose built appliance, and
    • is at a person’s home; or
    • is in an area set aside for that purpose by the State Authority or City of Swan.
  • No flammable material within 5 metres of the fire.
  • At least one person capable of controlling the fire is in attendance at all times with adequate means of extinguishing the fire.

Burning Permits

Burning Permits will not be issued during the prohibited burning period.

Fire danger rating screen on the side of a road

Annual Fire Season Guide 2023/24

This booklet includes vital information on fire safety on your property, bushfire management plans, asset protection zones, firebreaks and fire service access, burning restrictions, fire safety bans and hazard reduction.

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