Firebreak regulations

Firebreak regulations pertain to firebreaks, land clearing and block slashing and can be complicated, with cut-off dates for compliance subject to Council change.

With non-compliance of firebreak regulations attracting a stiff penalty from the relevant Council, we would encourage you to allow us to look after your block clearing, slashing and firebreak needs to ensure Council regulation compliance*

Your responsibility as a landowner in the City of Mandurah

The City of Mandurah requires occupied OR unoccupied land less than 2023 m2 to have all flammable material on the land removed (except for living standing trees) to a height of no longer than 4cm by either mowing, slashing, ploughing, cultivating or scarifying. The cut off date is on or before 17 November (or within 14 days of becoming the owner or occupier of the land).

Occupied OR unoccupied land of 2023 m2 and over a trafficable mineral earth firebreak at least four (4) metres wide, with a vertical height clearance of 4.2 metres is required immediately inside all external boundaries of the land, immediately surrounding all outbuildings erected on land and immediately surrounding haystacks, fuel storage and other flammable substances or material. See City of Mandurah Policy on Bush Fire Prevention and Control

City of Mandurah Rangers and contractors commence property inspections November 18 each year to ensure compliance with the regulations.

Your responsibility as a landowner in Murray Shire

The Shire of Murray, pursuant to Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, requires all owners and/or occupiers of land to carry out fire prevention work on or before 30 November of each calendar year or within 14 days of the date of becoming the owner or occupier of the land, should this be after the 30th of November. The work to be undertaken and maintained should be done up to and including 30th of April.

Shire of Murray Rangers Services undertake property inspections between 1 December and 30 April each year to ensure compliance with the firebreak requirements.

Your responsibility as a landowner in Waroona Shire

Important information relating to your responsibility as a landholder in the Shire of Waroona. With reference to Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act, 1954, you are required to carry out fire prevention work on land owned or occupied by you in accordance with the provisions of this order.

This work must be carried out on or before November 30th and kept maintained throughout the summer months until the close of Restricted Burning Period.

Persons who fail to comply with the requirements of this order may be issued with an infringement notice (penalty $250) or prosecuted with an increased penalty, and additionally, Council may carry out required work at cost to the owner or occupier.

*Council conditions to be met by land owner: Firebreaks clearance to width of four metres | 4.2 metre vertical clearance | Areas not accessible by tractor, building material, dead trees and any rubbish on block are the responsibility of the owner and not included in the price. Should you require assistance to meet these requirements, please feel free to contact us)


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