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Fire Break
Responsible agency
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

A fire break is an obstacle to the spread of fire, eg a strip of open space. Under section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, a Local Government may require the owner or occupier of land to clear and maintain a fire break on their property for the purposes of preventing, or limiting the spread of, a bush fire.


A Local Government Authority may authorise officers to conduct fire break inspections. Properties found to be a fire hazard may result in the owner receiving a fine. In addition to the fine, a Local Government Authority may engage officers or contractors to carry out all work required to reduce the fire hazard at the property owner's expense.

A Local Government Authority may also make local laws relating to fire breaks in the district.

For more information please contact your Local Government Authority.

For a directory of Local Government Authority see

Date updated
06/07/2017 19:21:54