Fire prevention

The City of Fremantle prohibits the burning of garden refuse and rubbish in an incinerator or on the ground all year round. Any person who deliberately lights a fire may face penalties. 

Pursuant to the powers contained in section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, property owners or occupiers are hereby required on or before the 30th day of November each year to clear flammable matter from the land in accordance with the following requirements:

Land area less than or equal to 1 500 square metres

The owner or occupier is to remove all the flammable matter from the whole of the property except living trees, shrubs, plants under cultivation and lawns by slashing or mowing to a height of not more than one hundred (100) millimetres, or otherwise to the satisfaction of council or an authorised officer.

Land area greater than 1 500 square metres

  • clear firebreaks of a minimum width of three (3) metres inside all external boundaries of the land and all buildings situated on the land by ploughing, cultivating or scarifying.
  • mow/slash the whole of the land. The height of vegetation thereafter must not exceed one hundred (100) millimetres over the entire area of land, as far as reasonably practical as determined by the authorised officer.

The penalty for failing to comply with these requirements is a fine of not more than $5 000 and a person in default is also liable whether prosecuted or not to pay the cost of performing the work directed in this notice if it is not carried out by the owner or occupier by the date required by this notice.

Once installed the fire break must be maintained up to and including 31 March the following year.

Contact the chief bush fire control officer on 08 9432 9999, for more information regarding fire control.

If  you want to use a solid fuel BBQ’s or wood fire pizza ovens between the 14 December–31 March, check with DFES as their use may be prohibited. Call the Total Fire Ban Information Line on 1800 709 355.

For information on total fire bans visit the DFES website.

Bush fire prone areas

Bush fire prone areas are designated as those areas containing bush fire prone vegetation as well as areas that are within a 100 metre buffer zone immediately surrounding it. Bush fire prone areas are subject to or likely to be subject to bush fire attack in the event of a fire.

Bush fire attack includes embers that may be transported by wind from the bush fire. Information on how to prepare your property and yourself is available on the DFES website.

The Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner has designated all bush fire prone areas in the State. These are marked in pink on the bush fire prone areas map.

More information on bush fire prone areas is available on the DFES website.

Reporting suspicious behaviour

If people have any information about a fire or suspect somebody of deliberately lighting fires, they should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Ongoing vigilance by the community in reporting suspicious behaviour and arson will help minimise the likelihood of bush fire.

Contact us

City of Fremantle
Town Hall Centre
8 William Street
Fremantle
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9432 9895
TTY 08 9432 9777
info@fremantle.wa.gov.au