Burning Permits

Burning 1 - Permits required from 1 October to 30 November inclusive.

Burning Prohibited - 1 December to 31 March.

Burning 2 - Permits required from 1 April to 31 May Inclusive.

These days may be extended or shortened in the event of unseasonable weather conditions, as such you must check the press for details or call Ranger Services on 9394 5000.

When and where to obtain a Permit to Burn

For burning between 1 October to 30 November and 1 April to 31 May, inclusive, permits are required for the burning of any bush, rubbish or refuse whatsoever.

Permits can be obtained from Ranger Services at the City of Armadale’s Administration Centre, 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 3 to 4pm.

For persons not able to attend during the abovementioned times, alternative arrangements may be made by contacting Ranger Services on 9394 5000 during normal office hours.

  • Permits to burn may also be issued at the City's Pound, Kilburn Lane, Kelmscott on Saturday and Sunday mornings between the hours of 9 to 10am, albeit burning is prohibited on Sundays and Public Holidays.
  • Permits to burn can also be issued by contacting Ranger Services on 9394 5000, and collected from the Administration Centre, anytime during normal business hours, or the Pound during the time stated above. Additionally permits may be emailed, faxed or posted to the applicant. Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Control Officers (FCOs) may also issue permits to local residents.

An owner or occupier of land who applies for a permit is required, in support of that application, to answer questions or complete such declarations as an Authorised Person may from time to time require, to satisfy himself or herself that issue of a permit will not result in contravention of the provisions of the Bush Fires Act 1954 or any Local Law.

Please note:

  • Permits are not issued to properties under 1200sqm in size.

What is required to obtain a Permit to Burn

When applying for a permit please ensure you are in a position to provide/comply with the following:

  • The lot number and/or street address to which the permit will apply.
  • What fire fighting equipment and resources will you have at the fire front, and is it in good working order?
  • What is the size of the area to be burnt?
  • Are firebreaks installed and can a fire unit get access to the area to being burnt?
  • What material are you going to burn? Is it dry? Are there any plastics, tyres, treated posts or wood in the piles, or area to be burnt?

Ensure you notify your neighbours at least 24 hours prior to commencing the burn.

 

Cost

There is no charge for obtaining a Permit to Burn, however burning without a permit is an offence under the Bush Fires Act 1954 and carries a Penalty of $4500 and any subsequent offence of $10,000.

 

Burning prohibited

Burning of any type is not permitted, including incinerators on Sundays and Public holidays, or on days where the Fire Danger Rating is Very High, Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic.

Please call Telstra’s weather information service on 1196.

Burning is totally prohibited between 1 December and 31 March inclusive.

 

Hints for Burning:

  • Don’t light a fire on a hot or windy day.
  • Don’t try to burn more than you can control.
  • Make sure smoke and sparks will not affect your neighbour’s washing or living conditions.
  • Cut or rake long grass around trees, buildings and fences before burning.
  • Burn against the wind from an established firebreak.
  • On a sloping block, burn from the top down.
  • Have a hose or spray pack ready to dampen down fierce fires.

 

Health Local Law

The City of Armadale Health Local Law prohibits;

  • The escape of smoke to such quantity or nature as to be a nuisance to any person.
  • The burning of any plastic, rubber, green garden waste, wet materials or any other matter likely to cause a smoke nuisance.
  • Burning at anytime during a period where a “Haze Alert” has been issued for the Perth metropolitan area by the Western Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Penalties

Any person who fails to comply with, or contravenes, the provisions of the Bush Fires Act 1954 may be liable for fines ranging from $1000 to $25,000 or imprisonment for fourteen (14) years or both.