Fire Pits

Burning off garden refuse in areas not zoned rural shall not be undertaken within the City of Cockburn.

Fire pits in residential areas

You can light a fire, such as a wood fire pit, heat beads, or wood fire pizza oven for cooking purposes ONLY but you must make sure the fire does not cause excessive smoke, irritation or annoyance to others.

All cooking with fires should be supervised and once your food is cooked the fire must be extinguished.

Do not use these appliances during Total Fire Ban periods or on days with a Fire Danger Rating of ‘High’ or above.

Gas BBQ's can be used at any time of the year. 

Backyard burning

Backyard burning is prohibited in residential areas to prevent air pollution and associated health concerns from backyard fires. Backyard fires create unnecessary smoke which results in numerous calls to the City regarding air pollution and smoke complaints.

Infringements may be issued for illegal burning.

Alternative options

Some alternatives to backyard burning include:

  • Mulching your green waste at home
  • Taking your green waste to the Henderson Waste Recovery
  • Placing your green waste in our lime green-lidded collection bins
  • Planning property maintenance to coincide with our verge side collections. Please visit the verge collections page to find out your collection dates.

Fire Control Order

The City’s Fire Control Order details fire mitigation works required during specific periods of the year. Property owners and occupiers must comply with the Fire Control Order as stated in the Bush Fire Act 1954. Property owners and occupiers may receive penalties or fines for not complying with the Fire Control Order.

The Fire Control Order is also available in Chinese, Portuguese, Italian and Croatian languages. 

More information and contact

Please contact the City's Fire and Emergency Management area for more information on fire pits on 08 9411 3444 or at [email protected].



City of Cockburn
Whadjuk Boodja
9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Office opening hours:
8.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Language Support

Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.