Permits and Burning Information

Prohibited Burning

All burning in the open is prohibited from 15 December until 14 March each year (subject to change).

Restricted Burning

Burning permits are required for all burning in the open from 2 November to 14 December each year, and 15 March to 26 April each year (subject to change).

Dates for Prohibited and Restricted Burning Times may change due to seasonal fire or weather conditions. All changes will be published on the Shires website and by public notice and local newspaper.

Total Fire Bans

A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. A TFB is declared on days when fires are most likely to threaten lives and property. This is because of predicted extreme fire weather or when there are already widespread fires and firefighting resources are stretched. When a total fire ban is declared it is illegal to do anything that is likely to start a fire.

For more information, visit the Emergency WA website.

Harvest & Vehicle Movement Bans

From time to time during the Restricted and Prohibited Burning period the Shire of Dardanup Chief Bushfire Control Officer may impose a ban on the use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant, equipment or machinery in the area. This ban is commonly referred to as a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban (HVMB).

The following is an example of the activities NOT PERMITTED during a HVMB:

  • Harvesting operations are not permitted
  • Any “hot works” (eg welding, grinding, cutting, heating etc) in the “open air” are not permitted
  • Other – Use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant, equipment or machinery in the area likely to cause a bushfire or contribute to the spread of a bushfire (eg motorbikes, quad bikes or other motorised vehicles in bush or off-road areas including paddocks)

The following is an example of the activities PERMITTED during a HVMB:

  • Movement of Vehicles on “gazetted roads” – as described in Bush Fires regulation 24A(1) and Road Traffic Act 1974 section 5.1)
  • Movement of vehicles on a lane, driveway, yard or other area that provides access to, or a parking facility at, any residential, farming or business premises, if the area has been sufficiently cleared of inflammable material to prevent the escape of fire.
  • Use or operation of a vehicle if it is for the prevention of an immediate and serious risk to the health or safety of a person or livestock, and only if all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the activity from creating a bushfire danger
  • Use or operations of vehicles and undertaking of “hot works” by those persons holding a current Exemption under Bush Fires Act 1954 s. 22C (exemption from Total Fire Bans).

HVMBs are declared locally and announced on ABC 684AM as well as here on the Shire of Dardanup website.

It is your responsibility to determine if a ban has been imposed and to establish whether any planned activity is permitted when a ban is in place.

Register your mobile for SMS Messages

The Shire of Dardanup has implemented an SMS Notification Service for Total Fire Ban & Harvest & Vehicle Movement Bans, as well as information relating to restricted/prohibited burning periods. As soon as a Total Fire Ban or Harvest & Vehicle Movement Ban is called, all mobile phones registered will receive an SMS directly to their mobile phone. This service is free of charge. To subscribe for this service please email your details to or phone Ranger Services on 9724 0307.

Terms and Conditions

By subscribing to this service you agree to receive SMS messages from the Shire of Dardanup regarding “Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans” and other bans imposed during the fire season.

You accept that by subscribing to this service you will receive these messages for the current and future fire seasons.

The Shire of Dardanup reserves the right to discontinue this service at any time. Any decision to discontinue this service will be advised via this SMS service.

You accept that radio announcements are still the primary means of notification of bans. In the event of a discrepancy between this SMS service and an announcement on the radio, the latter shall prevail.

You have the right to unsubscribe from this service at any time. To unsubscribe, please notify the Shire of Dardanup in writing via email . You accept that the Shire may from time to time use this SMS service to send other topical messages.

If you have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact the Shire of Dardanup Rangers during normal business hours on 9724 0307. 

Burning Information

Fire safety information and resources, including current Fire Danger Ratings are available on the Emergency WA website.

Fire Permits

Permits to burn are required for the whole of Restricted Burning Period and all year round in the townships of Dardanup, Burekup and Eaton. Permits can only be obtained from the Fire Control Officer (FCOs) of your area. Most FCOs are volunteers so you will need to plan ahead if you intend to apply for a permit.

A permit must be obtained before any burning takes place. The permit holder must be in possession of the permit throughout the duration of the burn and must present the permit if asked by an FCO or Ranger.

The Permit Holder is responsible for ensuring all conditions of the permit, as shown on the permit, are complied with fully. Immediately prior to commencing ANY burn, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Communications MUST be notified on 9395 9209. You are responsible for any burns on your property. Take care and Burn SMART

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Ranger Contact Details

P:    08 9724 0307 (24 hours)

Ranger hours: 8am – 4.30pm Monday - Friday

Outside of office hours, your call will be diverted to a call centre operator who will pass your contact details to a Duty Ranger if necessary.

Rangers will attend to emergency after-hours matters only.