Burning Permits

Burning Off

Fire Notice and Requirements


  • Burning Permits Required - 1 October to 14 December inclusive (each year)
  • Burning Prohibited - 15 December to 31 March inclusive (each year)
  • Burning Permits Required - 1 April to 30 April inclusive (each year)

How to Obtain Permits

Burning permits can be obtained from the Shark Bay Shire Office, Town Fire Brigade Captain and Chief Bush Fire Control Officer. See telephone numbers in the Fire Notice above.

When applying for a permit you will be required to provide house and lot numbers and street/road of the property for which the permit is to apply.

When to Obtain Permits

Permits are required for any time between 1 October and 30 April inclusive (Burning Prohibited 15 December to 31 March inclusive)

Hints for Burning

  1. Do not light fires on a hot windy day.
  2. Do not try to burn more than you can control.
  4. Make sure smoke and sparks will not affect neighbours washing or open windows.
  5. Do not burn wet or green garden clippings, tyres, plastics and chemicals as they are likely to cause dense, acrid smoke and cause inconvenience to neighbours.
  6. Do not burn bottles, aerosol cans, etc as they are likely to explode.
  7. Cut or rake long grass around trees, buildings and fences before burning.
  8. Burn against the wind.
  9. On sloping block, burn from the top down.
  10. Have a hose or spray pack to dampen down fierce fires.

Burning is Prohibited on Very High or Extreme Fire Danger Days

Composting of garden refuse is a preferred option to burning and is a more environmentally friendly alternative.

Advice is Available

Further advice on how to protect your home, and when and how to burn off, is available from your Shire Council or your local town Fire Brigade or Bush Fire Control Officer. If you have any questions contact them.

The safety of the whole community is at stake.

Volunteer Bush Fire and Town Brigades will welcome people who are prepared to join in and assist in fire prevention and fire fighting. Ring (08) 9948 1329 for the Town Brigade and say you would like to join. Introduction training is available for all new volunteers.