Fire Pits

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

Can I have a fire pit in a residential area?

You can light a fire, such as a barbecue or fire pit, 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 ‘Very High’ or above.

Why is backyard burning prohibited in residential areas?

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.

Alternatives 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. 

Please contact the City's Fire and Emergency Services to view the Fire Control Order in a different language on 08 9411 3444 or at

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
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