Bush Fire Prevention

Bushfire Bushfire

Owners of vacant land, as well as owners and occupiers of residential properties are required to install and maintain firebreaks. All firebreaks must be in accordance with the Bush Fires Act 1954.

Firebreaks must be cleared and maintained between 1 November and 31 March every year.

Property inspections

Between 1 November and 31 March each year, the City's Rangers conduct inspections of all land within the City to ensure properties are fire-safe and to protect the greater community from the risk of an outbreak of fire.

Rangers will inspect approximately 800 properties across the City during the season which will be scheduled to prioritise known risk areas and locations.

Residents are also encouraged to report incidents of possible fire hazards on neighbouring properties.

Burning off restrictions

Burning off within the City of Bayswater is prohibited under the City of Bayswater Health Local Laws 2001. Burning off is an offence with penalties ranging from $100 to $1000.

The disposal of waste should be carried out by methods other than burning. Please refer to Waste and Recycling for how to correctly dispose of waste.

Failure to comply with a firebreak

Failing to comply with firebreak requirements may incur a fine of up to $5000.

In addition to this fine, the City may undertake the necessary land clearance work on private land and recover the costs from the owner or occupier.

Bush fire infringement appeal

If you have received a bush fire infringement and wish to appeal the infringement, please refer to the Bush Fire Infringement Fact Sheet for appealable grounds.

Please complete the Bush Fire Infringement Appeal Form and submit to the City:

Upon submitting an appeal form, your infringement will be placed on hold and you will be notified of the the appeal outcome in writing.

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