City approval is required prior to burning within the district.

Residents within the City of Canning can apply for an Approval to Burn and must comply with the restricted burning times and requirements.

All owners and occupiers of land within the City's boundaries are required to comply with the requirements of the Annual Fire Hazard Reduction Notice: City of Canning Annual Fire Hazard Reduction Notice and Important Fire Information

Residents within the City of Canning can apply for an Approval to Burn and must comply with the restricted burning times and requirements. Please note that no permits are issued during the prohibited burning period 15 December to 31 March. Refer to the table below. The burning of leaf litter, rubbish or refuse on the ground and or in an incinerator is not permitted within the City's boundaries during this period.

Permits will not be granted on land with an area less than 2000m2.
An application for Approval to Burn must be completed and submitted to the City at least three business days prior to the intended burn period. Approvals are issued free of charge for a period of up to seven days and always expire on the Sunday.

To download an Application for Approval to Burn, please click here  

Burning restrictions and requirements include:
During restricted burning times, an appointment will be made for an authorised person to inspect your property and the material to be burnt. This is to ensure the assessment criteria are met.

  • A minimum of three able bodied adults present at all times
  • Informing local fire services and neighbours before commencing the burn
  • Restricting burning to coincide with the appropriate weather conditions
  • Implementing precautions to prevent the escape of the burn
  • Having sufficient water and personnel to control and extinguish the burn
  • Providing a time limit in which the burn can be carried out
  • Ensuring no material including plastic, food scraps, green garden refuse or other materials are present which may cause smoke or odour to create a nuisance to other people.

The City of Canning bushfire season commences 1 November to 30 April each year. Preparing yourself, your family and your property is your responsibility.


No fires are to be lit at any time on days of very high, severe, extreme or catastrophic fire conditions or any day declared a total fire ban. All permits are automatically suspended on these days.

Total Fire Ban
A Total Fire Ban effects everyone, whether you live near bush or in a built up area.They are declared on days when fires will be difficult to control, are most likely to threaten lives and property, or when widespread fires are impacting the availability of resources. For more information please visit

When a Total Fire Ban is declared, it prohibits the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire such as:

  • Hot works (welding, grinding, soldering, gas cutting)
  • All open solid fuel fires for the purpose of cooking or camping
  • Use of incinerators and other activities.

Alternatives to burning:
Rather than burning, there are alternative ways of getting rid of waste. For instance, you can use mulch clippings, branches, twigs and leaves for compost, utilise the City’s Green Waste Collection or arrange for large quantities of green waste to be mulched on site by mobile mulching services.

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