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Firebreaks

Firebreaks are a simple way to help protect your property from fire.

A firebreak is a strip of cleared or ploughed land to allow easy access for emergency vehicles during a fire. Firebreaks must extend around the entire perimeter of the land immediately inside the boundary.

Firebreaks are a legal requirement and property owners are required to clear firebreaks by 15 November each year and maintain them until the following April.

Property less than 2,000 sqm
A firebreak no less than 2 metres wide by 2 metres high is required around the perimeter and the growth on the firebreak cannot exceed 20mm high.

Property greater than 2,000 sqm
A firebreak no less than 3 metres wide by 3 metres high is required around the perimeter and the growth on the firebreak cannot exceed 20mm high.

Firebreak inspections
From the 16 November each year, firebreak inspections are carried out by the City's Rangers/Fire Control Officers on all vacant urban land and rural properties.

Firebreak inspections are carried out on all vacant residential, rural, semi-rural, special rural and special residential land annually and if not constructed, an on the spot fine of $250 will be issued to the owner of the property.

Protect Your Home From Fire brochure