Permit scheme for summer fire season preparedness

7 October 2021

Victorians can soon start preparing for the upcoming fire season and complete fire prevention works around their properties in regional Victoria.

A permit system was announced today to allow Victorians to undertake fire preparedness activities at a second property in regional Victoria.

From 6 October regional property owners can apply to the relevant local council where their second property is located for written formal approval to undertake fire preparedness of their properties.

Property owners will need to provide the relevant council with details about the property including location of the property, type of work to be undertaken and date of travel. Permits, called Fire Prevention Notices, will be issued and effective from 11 October.

For residents traveling from metropolitan Melbourne or any other restricted regions, the Chief Health Officer directions that apply to their primary residence will travel with them.

While lockdown restrictions are in place in some regional local government areas, only those residents in regional Victoria outside of these areas can travel to a second property, holiday home or business to prepare it for an emergency.

Regional property owners are encouraged to make use of local contractors or neighbors to determine if preparedness work is required ahead of making travel plans to undertake the work. Local contractors should also be used to undertake preparedness work, wherever possible.

Local councils will continue to issue Fire Prevention Notices where it is deemed necessary to place an obligation on property owners. Residents issued with a Fire Prevention Notice are legally bound to oblige and can travel to their property to clean it up.

For more information about the permit scheme, visit: What to do in an emergency | Coronavirus Victoria (External link)