Fire safety requirements

Land owners and occupiers in the City of Stirling are required to install firebreaks on their property from 30 November 2018 and must maintain them up to and including 31 March 2019.

Under Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, land owners and occupiers in the City of Stirling are required to make preparations on their land to reduce the risk of fire during summer.


Land area less than 2,000m2

All owners and occupiers of blocks less than 2000m2 have the option to:

  • Slash/mow all grass to a height no greater than five (5) centimetres and remove all flammable material


  • Install a continuous 3m wide firebreak.

Land area greater than 2,000m2

All properties greater than 2000m2 that are either vacant or have a building on it, must:

  • Install a continuous 3m wide firebreak.


All land owners and occupiers must ensure:

  • Roofs, gutters and walls of all buildings are free of flammable materials which can catch fire and burn
  • Trees and shrubs are pruned
  • All dead flammable material is removed from the property.


Firebreaks are necessary to:

  • Help prevent the spread of fire
  • Allow easy access for emergency vehicles
  • Provide a break from which back burning can take place.

The penalty for failing to comply with the requirements is a fine of up to $5000.


Fire Danger Rating and burning restrictions

Click here to visit the Department of Fire & Emergency Services website for today's Fire Danger Rating.

Burning off – backyard burning, burning off and the use of incinerators are unlawful practices within the City of Stirling.

Barbeques – solid fuel BBQs must only be used for the purpose of cooking. No solid fuel fires are to be lit on days rated from VERY HIGH to CATASTROPHIC temperatures.


Is today a Total Fire Ban day?

Click here to find out whether today is a Total Fire Ban day.

Total Fire Bans may be imposed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and prohibit the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire.

The ban includes all open air fires for the purpose of cooking or camping. It also includes incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting.

Total Fire Bans will be advertised in local media, press, radio and television.

No fires are permitted when a total fire ban is in place.

Bushfires and fire safety

Further information regarding fire safety preparation and planning for bushfires can be found on the Department of Fire & Emergency Services website: