Building Materials on Roads or Footpaths
Roads and footpaths should be kept free of mud, dirt, sand and other materials at all times. Where possible, all building materials should be kept on your private property.
Overhanging Trees and Branches
Residents are urged to ensure that the boundaries of their property remain clear of obstructions, and that overhanging tree branches are no lower than 2.4 metres. Council will issue notices to property owners requesting the removal of obstructions near footpaths, and issue fines to residents when requests are not followed.
To report overhanging foliage or obstacles on the footpath please contact Customer Service on 8470 8888
OBSTRUCTION FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY FACT SHEET
Property owners are required to keep their land free of any items that may be deemed unsightly or detrimental to the amenity of the neighbourhood.
UNSIGHTLY PROPERTIES FACT SHEET
Parking on Naturestrips
Parking cars, trailers, boats or other vehicles on nature strips or reserves is not permitted. Park within your property or on the road against the curb.
You don't have to live in the country to be at risk from a grassfire or bushfire. Suburban homes can come under threat, especially when they are close to our parks, reserves and creeks. Being fire ready is a shared responsibility between government, emergency services and the community.
Council Fire Prevention Officers will carry out inspections across the Municipality from November to March each year with all properties being inspected to ensure that they are maintained to a fire safe condition.
Property owners can reduce the risk of fire on their properties by clearing anything that could fuel a fire, including:
- regularly mowing the grass and raking up leaves
- removing weeds and pruning bushes and trees
- keeping garden beds moist through mulching or other non-flammable ground covers like pebbles
- regularly clearing leaves from gutters, roofs, downpipes and around the base of trees
- maintaining a well-watered lawn (complying with water restrictions)
- storing flammable or combustible materials such as woodpiles and rubbish away from your house
When a property is identified as being a fire hazard or maintained to a fire safe standard, a Fire Prevention Notice will be issued to each owner of the property. Owners have 14 days to clear the property (no extensions can be permitted). The property will be re-inspected after the expiry of the notice.
If the property is still deemed a fire hazard, Council will clear the property and all charges for the clean-up are passed on to the property owners to pay. A fine is also issued to all owners of the property for failing to comply with the Notice.
Fire Prevention Frequently Asked Questions
FIRE HAZARD FACT SHEET
Residents are reminded that lighting incinerators or burning in the open air is prohibited in Darebin to promote a cleaner environment. An on-the-spot fine of $200 may be issued to anyone found breaking this law.
Fires may only be lit outdoors when cooking food. Residents are asked to advise neighbours and Council prior to cooking food outdoors.
It is illegal to have an outdoor fire of any kind during Total Fire Ban days. Ask your local fire brigade for more information about declared Total Fire Ban days. Further information is available on the Department of Sustainability and Environment website.
For complaints or concerns about smoke caused by indoor heating or cooking, contact us:
Ph: 8470 8888