- Sunday, 29 November 2020 at 8:05 pm
From today, residents and businesses using fire or heat sources such as commercial catering, fireworks, welding and more can use the joint Fire Permits Victoria website to:
- Check if they need a fire permit.
- Apply for a fire permit.
- Notify authorities that they are using a permit
- Register a burn-off when restrictions are not in place.
The multiagency online transaction system, supported by CFA, DELWP and FRV, improves the way Victoria’s fire and rescue services work with local governments and Municipal Fire Prevention Officers (MFPOs) to assess and issue fire permits.
CFA’s Deputy Chief Officer Alen Slijepcevic said it would help improve the way fire and rescue services manage fire risk across the state, and enable them to communicate quickly and consistently with permit holders and applicants.
“The Fire Permits Victoria website allows agencies to communicate with applicants and permit holders in a timely and efficient manner, and is able to provide consistent and timely advice on suspending or revoking a permit if conditions change,” he said.
Fire Rescue Victoria Deputy Commissioner of Fire Safety Michelle Young said the website provides an accessible, user-friendly online system for all Victorians to apply for fire permits.
“Wherever you live across the state, Fire Permits Victoria will streamline the application process, and enable permit holders and applicants to stay up-to-date with critical safety information and advice from the state’s fire and rescue agencies,” she said.
Forest Fire Management Victoria Chief Fire Officer Chris Hardman said the system provides a simple, quick and easy web-based form for permit holders to notify ESTA and agencies when approved permits will be used.
“This frees up ESTA resources to focus on their core work such as call-taking and emergency dispatch and provides agencies with better information to manage fire risk in an efficient and effective way,” he said.
Successful fire permit applicants are reminded follow fire and rescue services’ advice to keep fires safe:
- Follow regulations or laws set by CFA and your local council.
- Register your burn off via the Fire Permits Victoria website, or call 1800 668 511.
- Notify neighbours if your activity will generate fire and smoke.
- Check and monitor weather conditions - particularly wind - on the day and coming days.
- Leave a three-metre fire break, free from flammable materials around the burn.
- Have sufficient equipment and water to stop the fire spreading; don’t leave it unattended
- Make sure you properly extinguish your fire before you leave it.
- If your burn-off gets out of control, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Victorians are reminded to adhere to physical distancing and hygiene requirements to ensure permitted activities are carried out safely.
Visit firepermits.vic.gov.au for safety tips and to check, apply, notify and register for fire a permit.