Fire Permits

Means a “Permit to Burn the Bush” as issued by an Authorised Officer under section 18 of the Bush Fires Act 1954.

  • Applications for Permits are available from at no cost.
  • You must comply with all conditions imposed by the Shire or an Authorised Officer in respect of any Permit issued by the Shire.
  • Permits will not be valid on days of “very high”, “severe”, “extreme” or “catastrophic” fire danger.
  • Permits may also be revoked if in the opinion of an authorised officer the conditions are not deemed suitable for prescribed burns.

Active Fire Permits with in the Shire of Northam

For a list of Permits issued in the Shire of Northam for the week please click the link below.

Please call the Shire of Northam for Fire Permit information 9622 6100

Before you call 000 to report a fire check the up to date list of burn offs in your area by visiting

Apply for a Permit Online

Step 1:- Do I need a permit to burn?

Please read through the below section on Burning of Garden Refuse. If your burn does require a permit please fill in the Fire Permit Form with the required information

The application is an editable PDF for apple device you may need Acrobat App to input your details using your device

If you are using a windows based pc, please click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free tool for completing your application.

Click the "Apply for Permit" button to download a copy of the application to your device, please save a copy to your desktop prior to filling the document in.

Step 2:- The owner/occupier must fill in all required details on the form, providing both the residential address of the person submitting the application (18yrs or older) and the legal address of the property the burn is being conducted on.

Please include in your application a detailed location of the burn location (Physical address for entry gate). Please fill in all the Permit conditions you can, including the type and number of fire appliances/machinery and size of fire breaks in accordance with the Fire Break order. The remaining conditions will be finalised by your fire districts Bush Fire Control Officer.

Step 3:-  Click the Submit Button and your application will be sent via email for processing by our staff.

Step 4:- Once the permit is received and processed. A Bush Fire Control Officer will fill in any additional conditions and issue a Permit number and send you an email  copy of the signed Permit .

If the details of the permit need to be clarified your local Bush Fire Control Officer will contact you to get further details or book in a time to inspect your burn and approve the permit.

Step 5:- Read and follow all conditions on the Permit. Call DFES Communications Centre on 9395 9209 to register your burn. Your burn will be placed on the website to keep the public informed and reduce potential 000 calls.

**Some users have reported issues with submitting the form online within Google Chrome, should your form not send, please either change browsers, or download the form to your desktop and resubmit after completing all required fields. **

Apply for Fire Permit

***Permits maybe refused/cancelled at anytime by any Shire of Northam Bush Fire Control Officer***


The Burning of Garden Refuse

Before conducting any burn off or permit burn you must advise DFES Communications on 9395 9209

Pursuant to the powers contained in section 24G (2) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, the Shire of Northam prohibits the burning of all garden refuse within its district during the Prohibited Burning Times. This prohibition applies to all persons within the Shire's district.

No Burning in Prohibited Period

  • The burning of garden refuse or rubbish on the ground or in an incinerator that would otherwise be permitted under Section 24F is prohibited absolutely on all land within the district during the Prohibited Burning Time.

Properties under 2000m2 No Burning during Restricted Period

  • The burning of garden refuse or rubbish on the ground or in an incinerator that would otherwise be permitted under Section 24F is prohibited on all land under 2000m2 (square metres) in size during the Restricted Burning Time, without a Fire Permit issued under Regulation 15 of the Bush Fires Act 1954.

Properties over 2000m2 Can burn small piles between 6pm and 11pm in the Restricted Period without a permit

  • During the Restricted Burning Time, residents on land that is greater than 2,000m² in area it is permissible to undertake the burning of garden refuse (dry leaves, small branches, off cuts, etc.) in separate piles on the ground ( 1 pile burning at any one time) no larger than 1.0 m³ between the hours of 18:00 (6pm) and 23:00 (11pm) by complying with all the conditions of section 24F (3) in the Bush Fires Act 1954.

Permits Required in Restricted Period if the burn does not fit into the categories above 

  • During the Restricted Burning Time, residents of the Shire may burn the bush for fire mitigation purposes by following the conditions of a valid permit to burn.

Permits are available for the Restricted Period by contacting the Fire Control Officer in your area from the list below.

Shire of Northam Fire Control Officers

For the full list of Northam Fire Control Officers click the link below

Fire Permit Officers & Fire Control Officers 2019-20 List

Fire Danger Rating Factsheet