General Fire Requirements

  • Garden Refuse Urban Areas (Town sites): No garden refuse is permitted to be burnt on the ground, in the open air or in an outdoor incinerator within the urban areas of Busselton and Dunsborough town sites at any time of the year
  • Garden Refuse Rural Residential Areas (non Town sites): The burning of garden refuse is prohibited from 14 December to 14 March 2014. During the restricted burning period, 15 October 2018 to 14 December and 15 March 2019 to 11:00am 31 May 2019 (please note this date has changed to match seasonal conditions in 2019) each year, permits are required to be obtained from the Fire Control Officer in your area for the burning of any garden refuse
  • Burning of toxic materials and rubbish is prohibited at all times
  • Camp fires are prohibited within the City during the restricted and prohibited burning period
  • Wood and coal fuelled barbecues, including wood fired pizza ovens and chimineas are banned during a total fire ban or in any period when the fire danger forecast is ‘Very High’ or above
  • Wood fired pizza ovens must have a spark arrestor fitted
  • Warning: The use of electric fences during periods of ‘Very High’ or above may cause fire
  • Owners of tractors with down swept exhaust systems are encouraged to have an approved spark arrestor fitted as provided in the Bush Fires Act 1954 Regulations
  • Welding, Cutting and Grinding Equipment: A person shall not operate this equipment during the restricted/prohibited burning times on land which is under crop, pasture, stubble and bush unless one working fire extinguisher is provided, work area is clear of flammable materials and there is compliance with any other controls required by a Fire Control Officer.
  • Welding, cutting and grinding equipment is not permitted to be used anywhere within the City of Busselton when a total fire ban has been declared or the fire index is ‘severe’ or above


For the current fire danger rating visit Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) website or Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website


Please be advised, if you engage a contractor to gain compliance with this notice it is the property owner, not the contractor, who is responsible for the standard and quality of the fire prevention work undertaken and required to be compliant by 16 November each year and maintained as per this notice throughout whole the fire season.


1)    An owner and or occupier of Rural Residential, Urban and Industrial land shall comply in all respects with the requirements of this Notice by 16 November.

2)    An owner and or occupier of Rural land shall comply in all respects with the requirements of this Notice by 15 December.

3)    The land is to comply in all respects with the requirements of this Notice for the whole of the compliance period.

If you would like to put alternate measures in place on your property that differ from the requirements of the Firebreak and Fuel Hazard Reduction Notice (where ground considerations or environmental concerns prevent compliance with the requirements of this Notice) an application must be lodged in writing via the Firebreak and Fuel Hazard Reduction Notice Variation form, prior to 31 October.