Fire Prevention

If you own or occupy any land (vacant or residential) in the City of Bayswater, it is your responsibility to maintain firebreaks. 

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


Property inspections

Between 1 November and 31 March each year, our Rangers conduct inspections to ensure properties are fire-safe and to protect our community from the risk of an outbreak of fire.

Rangers inspect approximately 750 properties across the City during the season, which will be scheduled to prioritise known risk areas and locations. If you see a possible fire hazard, please report it by calling 9272 0622.

Burning off

Burning off is prohibited under the City of Bayswater Health Local Laws 2001. This is an offence with penalties ranging from $100 to $1,000.

If you have waste you need to dispose of, find out how to do so correctly here. 

The use of a fire pit is not prohibited, provided that:

  • It is not used as an incinerator (ie. for the burning of waste/rubbish).
  • The escape of smoke does not cause a nuisance.
  • The advice from DFES is taken into consideration.
  • Anyone lighting a fire on a day that is not a total fire ban (ie. for cooking/ heating purposes) observes the following:
    • Clear the area of flammable material immediately around the fire
    • Do not use the fire for the purposes of burning garden refuse
    • Water hoses or other safety precautions should be in place
    • Excessive sparks should be avoided so as to not spread the fire

Please note if a person lights a fire that spreads and causes damage to another property, that person may be liable for damages.



If your firebreak is not compliant with the rules set out in the Bush Fires Act 1954, you may incur a fine of up to $5000. 

The City may also need to clear private land as a result, to ensure the safety of your neighbours and all costs of this will be charged to the property owner. 

Infringement appeals

If you have received a bush fire infringement and wish to appeal it, please fill out the below form and send it to or post to City of Bayswater, PO Box 467, Morley 6943

Bush Fire Infringement Appeal Form

For appealable grounds, please read the below:

Bush Fire Infringement Fact Sheet 

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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