Fire hazards

A fire hazard can be any vegetation or other item that has the potential to burn.

Our Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law states that:

An owner or occupier of land must:

  1. not allow the land to contain any thing which constitutes or is likely to constitute a fire hazard

  2. between the months of April and October of any year maintain any vacant allotment in a built-up area by regular mowing to maximum height of 150 millimetres

During the fire season (November to March) vacant residential blocks are required to be maintained to a maximum height of 100 millimetres.

Definition of a fire hazard

Fire hazards can include things such as:

  • Long, dry or dead grass

  • Papers, cardboard, etc

  • Combustible/flammable materials 

  • Fuel such as a pile of tree branch cuttings, etc

Fire hazards can be present in rural and residential areas on vacant allotments and in residential properties.

Property inspections

Council Fire Prevention officers conduct inspections across the region throughout the year.

Fire hazard notices

Each year, properties that are identified as having the potential to cause a fire hazard, such as vacant residential blocks, are served with a Fire Prevention Notice which directs that all properties must meet the specific requirements stated on the Fire Prevention Notice.

If the properties are not maintained to this standard, infringements are then issued and the fire hazard removed at the owner's expense.

Notices may now also be issued outside of the fire season when vacant residential properties do not meet requirements under the Neighbourhood Amenity Local Law. Failure to comply with a fire prevention notice will incur an infringement notice.

Fire prevention fees

To find out the amount owed for Fire Prevention fees you will need to contact our Customer Service Team.

Extensions of time

Extensions of time may be negotiated by contacting the Fire Prevention Officer prior to the expiry date on their notice.

Block clearance service

For all grass cutting/slashing please refer to the Yellow Pages.

We do not:

  • Recommend any specific contractors when ratepayers want to slash their blocks for fire hazard clearance purposes.

  • Arrange cutting of grass for you.

Please be advised that if you engage a contractor to cut and/or clear your property for you, it remains your responsibility to ensure that the work has been completed satisfactorily prior to the inspection date for the area.

Further, you will also need to diligently monitor regrowth and schedule subsequent cuts as necessary to maintain compliance.

Page last updated: Thursday, 18 July 2019