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Applying for a fire permit online during the COVID-19 pandemic

The City of Wanneroo takes the up most care to uphold the safety of the community, staff and volunteers. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak we have taken precautions to ensure we minimise the exposure of the public, staff and our volunteers whilst still being able to issue permits to the community to burn. 

To achieve this, the City has developed an online fire permit application process.  To apply, please click the online form below, fill in the required fields, and select submit.  A Permit Issuing Officer will assess your request to burn, sign and email back to you, your copy of the permit.

Fire Permit application

If further information is required, you may be contacted by phone to discuss your permit conditions.  Once a Permit Issuing Officer has signed the permit and you have received your copy, you will then be able to begin your burning as per your permit conditions.

Please plan your permit requirements early.  This on-line process is only monitored Mon-Fri during business hours and a permit may take up to four business days to approve.

For further information and guidelines on planning and implementing planned burns on your property, please visit Burn Smart on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.

Important dates for burning

  • NO RESTRICTIONS - 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, DAYS WHERE A FIRE BAN IS IN PLACE, FIRE DANGER RATING OF 'VERY HIGH' OR ABOVE (No burning. Permits will not be issued)
  • RESTRICTED BURNING - 1 APRIL to 31 MAY ANNUALLY (Permit required)

PROHIBITED  BURNING PERIODS

1 December to 31 March (subject to change)

ALL burning is prohibited during this period including burning garden waste or lighting fires in the open air for the purpose of camping or cooking.

Burning is also prohibited when the Fire Danger Ratings (FDR) are very high or above and if a Total Fire Ban or a Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Ban is declared.  

RESTRICTED BURNING PERIODS

Permits are required between 1 April to 31 May and 1 September to 30 November (subject to change).

Permits to burn may be obtained:

  • In person from: City of Wanneroo Civic Centre, 23 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo - Monday to Friday // 9am - 4pm
  • Via our online application form

The City of Wanneroo may need to vary burning periods due to weather conditions. Period variations will be advertised on the City website, Facebook page and through the City's SMS notification service.

Burning garden refuse

Garden refuse may be burnt WITHOUT A PERMIT during the restricted burning period, ensuring the following is adhered to:

  • The fire is lit between 6pm and 11pm and is completely extinguished before midnight of the same day.
  • The material must be on the ground, and be no more than 1 metre wide and 1 metre high.
  • 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 on the site of the fire at all times until it is completely extinguished.
  • Only one heap may be burnt at any one time.
  • The Fire Danger Rating does not exceed 'Very High'.
  • Your neighbours have been informed that you will be burning material.
  • A hose or spray pack is kept at hand to dampen down fierce fires.

Garden refuse may be burnt WITHOUT A PERMIT from 1 June to 31 August, and while there are no size or time restrictions when burning during this period, the City recommends you contact your neighbours and Department of Fire and Emergency Services on 9395 9209 or 9395 9210.

Please take care and be safe.

Fire pits

A fire pit is permitted WITHOUT A PERMIT during the restricted burning period, ensuring the following is adhered to: 

  • The fire is lit between 6pm and 11pm, and is completely extinguished before midnight of the same day.
  • The fire pit must be no more than 1 metre wide and 1 metre high. Fires over this size will require a FIRE PERMIT during the restricted burning periods.
  • Only one fire pit may be burnt at any one time.  If more than one fire pit is being used at any one time a FIRE PERMIT is required.
  • Fire pits are NOT to be used during total fire ban periods or on days with a Fire Danger Rating of ‘Very High” or above.
  • Strong wind warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology must be taken into account to ensure the fire does not cause excessive smoke.