Fire restrictions and permits

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Restricted and Prohibited Burning Periods

The Restricted Burning Period runs in in two parts, the first from 1 October to 31 October annually and the second part from 9 March to 30 April annually. During the Restricted Burning Period, a permit (see below) is required from the Shire before any burning operations can be carried out.

The Prohibited Burning Period runs from 1 November to 8 March annually. No burning is allowed for any reason during this period. This includes open cooking or camping fires.

Residents should note that the Restricted and Prohibited Burning Periods may be extended due to unseasonal weather conditions. These will be advertised in newspapers and through the Shire’s SMS Harvest, Vehicle Movement & Hot Works Ban SMS notification service, but if in doubt please contact the Shire of Toodyay.

Failing to comply with the Restricted and Prohibited burning period can result in fines or prosecution.

Permits

During the Restricted Burning Period, a permit must first be obtained from the Shire.

If granted, all conditions on the permits must be strictly adhered to. Failing to obtain a permit or breach of permit conditions can result in fines or prosecution.

During the second part of the Restricted Burning Period, preference will be given to primary producers for crop preparation purposes.

All permits are automatically void on:

  • Sundays
  • days of Very High, Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger
  • days of Total Fire Ban

To apply for a permit please email permits@toodyay.wa.gov.au with the following details:

  • Your Full Name
  • Your Residential Address
  • Location (Address and/or Parcel) of the burn.
  • Phone Number(s)
  • UHF Channel (if available)
  • Type of burn (i.e. Stubble, grass, bush)
  • Preferred Permit Commencement Date

The Shire will endeavour to respond to permit requests by COB the day following the request application.

To assist processing your request, when providing parcel descriptions please provide the full and current details (i.e. Lot and Plan Number). Quoting superseded or incomplete parcel descriptions may delay your request as the Shire uses current Landgate data to verify locations.

Burning Road Verges

A permit is required to burn the road verge. Permits will only be issued between May and August each year where no alternative exists to mitigate the hazard.