Permits to Burn & Fire Control Officers

Fire Control Officers are not obliged to issue permits and they may advise on alternatives to burning.
Please remember Fire Control Officers are volunteers and their availability to issue permits may vary, assist them by planning in advance.
Permits cannot be issued over the phone and should a Fire Control Officer refuse to issue a permit, it is a breach of the Bush Fires Act 1954 to request a permit from another Fire Control Officer.

Apply to obtain a Permit to Burn

Permits to burn are only available during the Restricted Burning Times.

Be aware that you must be able to fulfill the following conditions before a permit will be issued to you:

  • Provide sufficient running water and/or a fire fighting unit to the area that is to be burnt
  • Ensure there are adequate fire breaks surrounding the pile or area to be burnt
  • Provide enough people to attend the fire (usually a minimum of three) from lighting the fire until it is totally extinguished and cold.
  • Notify your neighbours/adjoining landowners prior to lighting the fire
  • Notify the Shire of Chittering prior to lighting the fire, during business hours
  • Notify the Department of Fire & Emergency Services prior to lighting the fire (same day)
  • Notify the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions (Parks & Wildlife) if your property is within 3km of their land, prior to lighting the fire
  • Burning is not permitted on Sundays and public holidays

Bush Fire Control Officers

Locality Name Contact Number(s)
Muchea James Marotta 0432 234 741
Tammy Foster 0422 150 479
Lower Chittering Jeremy Tennant 0419 339 586
Graham Furlong 0476 881 796
Upper Chittering Aaron Cover 0410 594 221
Will Lee 0415 154 715
Bindoon Dennis Badcock 0428 947 853
Paul Groves 0400 172 560
Wannamal Kim Haeusler 0428 559 043
Clayton Smith 0427 090 548


Position Name Contact Numbers
Deputy Chief - North Kim Haeusler 0428 559 043
Shire of Chittering Rangers & Bush Fire Risk Officer 9576 4600