Prohibited and Restricted Burning Times

Prohibited Burning Times are declared by the Fire & Emergency Services (FES) Minister under Section 17 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 (the Act). During this period you must not start a fire in the open air.

The Prohibited Burning times in the Shire of Kent are:

1 November 2020 to 7 February 2021

Dates for prohibited burning times may change depending on prevailing weather conditions, so please check this website regularly for any changes.

The penalty for a breach of s.17 of the Act is up to $10,000 or 12 months’ imprisonment or both.

Restricted Burning Times

Restricted Burning times are declared by the Fire & Emergency Services (FES) Commissioner under Section 18 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 (the Act). During the Restricted Burning times you will need a permit to start a fire in the open air.

The Shire of Kent Restricted Burning times are:

19 September 2020 to 31 October 2020

and

1 February 2021 to 22 March 2021

Dates for the Prohibited and Restricted Burning times may change depending on prevailing weather conditions, so please check this website regularly for any changes.

The penalty for a breach of s.18 of the Act is up to $4,500 for a first offence and up to $10,000 for subsequent offences.

Permits to Burn

To apply for a permit, please contact the Fire Control Officer for your area, who will decide if it is safe to light a fire.

Permits are free, but you must make sure that you comply with all of the conditions listed on the permit.

Please note that all permits are automatically cancelled on days when the fire danger rating for the district is forecast to be very high, extreme, or catastrophic.

Also, you must also not light a fire, even if you have been issued a permit, when a Total Fire Ban has been declared, or if the Shire has issued an order that fires are not to be lit.