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NOTICE: PROHIBITED BURNING PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 28 APRIL 2019.

Due to seasonal conditions, and in consultation with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions authorised CALM officer, City of Wanneroo Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officers, and Fire Control Officer’s, notice is hereby given pursuant to the powers vested in Council under Section 17 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 (as amended), the City of Wanneroo has extended its Prohibited Burning Period until 28 April 2019. 

No Permits to burn will be issued prior to this date.

For further information please contact the City of Wanneroo Community Emergency Services Manager/Chief Bush Fire Control Officer on 9301 3911.

Important dates for burning

  • UNRESTRICTED BURNING - 1 JUNE to 31 AUGUST ANNUALLY (No permit required)
  • RESTRICTED BURNING - 1 SEPTEMBER to 30 NOVEMBER ANNUALLY (Permit required)
  • PROHIBITED PERIOD - 1 DECEMBER to 31 MARCH INCLUSIVE (No burning. Permits will not be issued)
  • RESTRICTED BURNING - 1 APRIL to 31 MAY ANNUALLY (Permit required)

It is important to note that these dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. Changes will be advertised in the City’s Wanneroo Link feature in the Tuesday edition of the Wanneroo Times newspaper. If you are not sure, please contact the City's Ranger Services on 9405 5000 for more advice.

Please note: We are no longer able to extend burning permits. You will now need to obtain a new permit. Permits can also be issued for 14 days at a time.

For more information on important dates and property owners responsibilities you can download our Are You Clear? Self Assessment Guide and Protect your Home and Property from Bushfires brochures or visit the DFES website.

Garden rubbish and refuse

The burning of garden refuse is prohibited between 1 December and 31 March. 

Outside of these dates, garden refuse may be burned, ensuring the following:

  • The fire is lit between 6pm and 11pm and is completely extinguished before midnight on the same day.
  • There is no flammable material (other than that being burned) within 2 metres of the fire at any time.
  • At least one person is present at the site of the fire at all times until it is completely extinguished.
  • The material must be on the ground, and be no more than 1 metre wide and 1 metre high.
  • Only one heap may be burnt at any one time.
  • The Fire Danger Rating does not exceed “Very High”.

Incinerators may be used providing:

  • The incinerator is properly constructed and designed to prevent the escape of sparks of burning material.
  • The incinerator is situated not less than two metres away from a building or fence.
  • An area of two metres surrounding the incinerator is clear of all flammable material.

Tips for safer burning

  • Don’t light a fire on a hot or windy day.
  • Don’t burn more than you can control.
  • Let your neighbours know you’ll be burning material
  • Make sure smoke and sparks will not affect your neighbour’s washing or enter open windows.
  • Cut or rake long grass around trees, building and fences before burning.
  • Burn against the wind.
  • On a sloping block, burn from the top down.
  • Keep a hose or spray pack at hand to dampen down fierce fires.
  • If in doubt, don’t burn material yourself - call the Volunteer Fire Brigade.
  • Stay with the fire until it is completely extinguished.
  • Where possible, don’t burn any closer than 20 metres from your home or other buildings.

How to obtain a fire permit

In order to obtain a permit you must provide the following. 

  • If you are the property owner/occupier you must provide photographic identification eg. Driver licence.
  • If you are not the owner/occupier of the property you must also provide a letter of consent from the owner. If the property is owned by a company please ensure the signatories name and what title they hold within the company it noted on the letter.

Permits are available from the City of Wanneroo at the following locations:

Wanneroo Animal Care Centre
Located at the rear of the Ashby Operations Centre, 1204 Wanneroo Road, Ashby
The City's Rangers/Fire Control Officers are available to issue permits 7 days a week from 4pm - 6pm except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

City of Wanneroo Civic Centre
23 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo
The City's Fire Control Officers/Permit Issuing Officers are available to issue permits Monday to Friday from 9am - 4pm.

Fire danger rating signage

Fire danger rating signs are located at the following locations:

  • Corner of Joondalup Drive and Wanneroo Road
  • Wanneroo Road, south of the Yanchep Beach Road turn off
  • Wanneroo Road, Carabooda
  • Marmion Avenue, Jindalee
  • Neaves Road, Mariginiup
  • Old Yanchep Road, Pinjar
  • Gnangara Road, Landsdale
  • Country Side Drive, Two Rocks.