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Do I need to get an exemption to carry out work during a Total Fire Ban?

Do I need to get an exemption to carry out work during a TFB?

Yes - TFB exemptions will still be required for any other activity that is not prescribed in the Bush Fires Regulations 1954 which could cause, or is likely to cause a fire, these activities include programmed hot fire training, rail grinding, and religious and cultural ceremonies.

How can I get an exemption?

An exemption may be granted if you can show you are taking proper steps to prevent any fire spreading, and can control and put out any fire that may start.

Exemptions can cover specific times and locations and can be changed or cancelled at any time.

Are there any activities I can conduct without an exemption on a TFB?

Recent changes to the Bush Fires Regulations 1954 mean industry, business and public authorities no longer need to apply for an exemption to carry out some activities during a TFB. These activities are blasting, fireworks, gas flaring, hot work, road work (grading and bituminising), off-road activity and catering activity. For information regarding the changes click here.

Exemption Application Form

  • PDF format (587 KB)
  • Word format (93 KB)
  • Click here for a guide to completing the form and where to send it (PDF - 644 KB)
  • Please forward your application to:

    Email: exemptions@dfes.wa.gov.au
    Post: P.O. Box 1174
    PERTH WA 6844

    Dependent upon operational priorities applications may take up to 4 weeks to process. Applications should therefore be submitted a minimum of 4 weeks prior to commencement of the activity/project.

    You will receive a confirmation receipt regarding your application.