Exemptions to lighting fires on Total Fire Bans can be made via application for a Total Fire Ban Permit (TFB Permit). TFB permits will be considered for persons conducting an industrial trade or operation, community or charitable organisations, statutory corporations or municipal councils and may include caterers, building industry, infrastructure providers, essential service providers, emergency services and the events/entertainment industry.
The application process
Daily TFB Permits maybe issued in advance of a day being declared by the Chief Officer (CO) of the CFA subject to the conditions of the Permit.
To apply for a permit to light a fire inside the metropolitan district (MD) on a day of TFB under the provisions of the CFA Act 1958 (Section 40) you must:
- Complete the relevant application form
- Submit completed application by email to TFBpermits@mfb.vic.gov.au for processing or after hours in person to your relevant/local MFB district office . Note: Applications that cover various work sites across the metropolitan district are to be submitted to one district office only.
- In the event that you have not lodge an application during the week you can still apply for a TFB permit on the weekend or after busness hours by contacting the Operations Commander at your local MFB district office.
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Applications for permits for fireworks/pyrotechnics on Total Fire Ban days are considered by the Chief Officer of the MFB under section 40 of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 (CFA Act).
Applications for permits will be considered on a case by case basis.
All applications must be supported by a “Notification of Intent to Discharge Fireworks (FOR 593-03-06.11)" form as issued by WorkSafe. These forms are only issued to licensed pyrotechnicians.
No permit approval will be granted unless the MFB is satisfied that it is safe to discharge fireworks.
All conditions, including special conditions, specified in an issued permit are to be adhered to at all times.
The granting of a permit does not relieve the permit holder from liability for any actionable injury to persons and/or damage to property arising as a result of any act, matter or thing done by the permit holder or his employees, agents or contractors.
If the request for a permit is refused, the permit is subject to conditions to which he/she objects or the permit has been revoked the applicant may apply to the Minister Police and Emergency Services under S40 (8) of the CFA Act