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Fire prevention

The City in partnership with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), maintains fire protection strategies and monitors the fire risk within the district. 

Firebreaks

Firebreak installation and hazard reduction are legal requirements within the district.

As a measure for preventing the outbreak of a bush fire, or for preventing the spread or extension of a bush fire, all owners and occupiers of land within the City’s district are required to clear firebreaks or to take measures in accordance with the Annual Firebreak Notice. In addition, firebreaks are required to be maintained and fire hazard reduction measures undertaken in accordance with that Notice.

Reducing fire hazards is the responsibility of the land owner and occupier (see the Emergency Management link In Quick Links).

Firebreak and fire hazard inspections

Firebreak and fire hazard inspections are carried out by City of Gosnells Fire Control Officers.

Property owners that do not comply with the City’s firebreak requirements may be infringed or prosecuted and/or hazard reduction work may be carried out by the City at the property owner’s expense.

If fire prevention measures are carried out by burning, such burning must be in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Bush Fires Act 1954 and the City of Gosnells Animals, Environment and Nuisance Local Law 2009 which include the necessity for permits to burn for land not designated as General Rural or Special Rural areas.

To report a fire hazard please contact Ranger Services on 9397 3000.

Penalty for non-compliance with the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice

Failing to comply with the requirements of a Notice is an offence under the Bush Fires Act 1954 (Act), which carries a penalty of up to $5,000.
In addition, where the owner or occupier of the land fails to comply with a Notice, the City may enter the land to carry out the work required to comply with a Notice and also recover any costs or expenses incurred in carrying out that work from the owner or occupier of the land.

Burning rubbish, refuse or other material

A person shall not on any land less than 2000 square metres in area, set fire to or cause to be set on fire, any rubbish, refuse or other material.

Restricted Burning Prohibited Burning Restricted Burning
Permits required from 1 October to 30 November From 1 December to 31 March Permits required from 1 April to 31 May

Restricted and prohibited burning periods may be modified due to un-seasonal weather patterns. Changes will be advertised.

Prohibited burning times

During the prohibited burning times it is unlawful to set fire to or cause to be set on fire, any rubbish, refuse or other material.

Restricted burning times

During the restricted burning times, it is unlawful to set fire to or cause to be set on fire, any rubbish, refuse or other material without a permit.

Other times

At all other times, burning is permitted subject to compliance with the requirements of Clause 22, 31 and 32 of the City of Gosnells Animal, Environment and Nuisance Local Law 2011. Conditions below.

22. Burning of cleared vegetation prohibited

An owner or occupier of any building or development site shall ensure that no vegetation or other material cleared from the site is burnt on the site.

31. Burning rubbish, refuse or other material

  1. A person shall not on any land less than 2000 square metres in area, set fire to or cause to be set on fire, any rubbish, refuse or other material.
  2. A person shall not on any land 2000 square metres or greater in area set fire to rubbish, refuse or other material unless –
    1. approval has first been obtained from the local government (though adherence to these conditions);
    2. that reasonable alternatives for the disposal of the rubbish, refuse or other material do not exist and the potential for pollution is low;
    3. the material does not include any plastic, rubber, food scraps green garden materials or other material likely to cause the generation of smoke or odour in such quantity as to cause a nuisance to other persons;
    4. a haze alert has not been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the period during which burning is to take place; and
    5. the burning complies with the Bush Fires Act 1954, any annual fire hazard reduction notice issued by the local government under that Act and any conditions of approval as determined by the local government.
  3. Subclause (2) shall not apply to any barbeque, solid fuel water heater, space heater or ovens fired with dry paper, dry wood, synthetic char or charcoal type fuel.
  4. Subclause (2)(a) does not apply to land in a rural zone.

32. Escape of fumes, odours and other emissions

An owner or occupier of land or premises shall not cause or permit the escape of fumes or odours from the land or premises in such quantity or of such a nature as to cause or to be a nuisance to any person.

Failure to comply with these conditions may result in legal action.

NOTE: At all times the Department of Fire & Emergency Services should be notified on 9395 9209 at least 15 minutes prior to commencing your burn.

To apply for a permit visit use the Request a fire permit link below, or attend the Civic Centre during office hours.

The issuing of a permit does not preclude any state government regulations or requirements, that may apply to burning of the material.

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