Property maintenance

Property owners and residents are responsible for the upkeep of their property. Fines can be issued if local laws and regulations are not met.

Property owners and residents are responsible for the upkeep of their property. Fines can be issued if local laws and regulations are not met.

Building materials

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 property.

Burning off

To promote a cleaner environment all residents are prohibited from lighting incinerators or burning in the open air in the City of Darebin.Fires may only be lit outdoors when cooking food. You need to advise your neighbours and Council prior to cooking food outdoors. An on-the-spot fine of $200 may be issued to anyone found breaking this law.

Note: 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. To report an incident call (03) 8470 8888.

Fire hazards

To prevent the outbreak of fire, you must keep your property free from long grass or any other combustible materials. Fire season is generally from October to March. Local Laws officers patrol all properties during fire hazard season.

When a property is identified as being a fire hazard, a Fire Prevention Notice is issued to each owner of the property giving them 14 days to clear the property. Local Laws Officers re inspect the property after the notice has expired. There are no extensions on fire prevention notices.

It is the property owner’s responsibility to make sure their property is maintained. If the property is still deemed a fire hazard, we will clear the property and all charges for the clean-up are passed on for you to pay.

In addition to the costs incurred for the removal of the fire hazard, an infringement fee is issued to all owners of the property for failing to comply with the Fire Prevention Notice (for example, if the property is owned by two people, an infringement fee is sent to each person).

Note: Properties issued with a Fire Prevention Notice in the previous year will automatically be checked by Council to ensure the property is safe. We don’t issue Fire Prevention Notices during winter.

Further information is available from Department of Sustainability and Environment. For complaints or concerns about smoke caused by indoor heating or cooking, contact our Customer Service Centre on 8470 8888.

Nature strips

Property owners are required to mow the naturestrip in front of their property. Residents are encouraged to water newly planted street trees in accordance with any water restrictions.

Mature drought tolerant trees should not require additional water unless during times of extreme drought in which case residents are advised to use grey water.

Information about planting in the nature strip can be found under the Nature Strips and Street Trees section of this website.

Street numbering

Emergency services such as the police, fire brigade and ambulance all rely on our residential properties having street numbers that are able to be read quickly when attended to a crisis.

Owners are reminded that they have a legal requirement to clearly display the street number on their property. If property owners are having issues with street numbers please us to discuss the matter.

Unsightly premises

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.

Further information

Customer Service
Phone: (03) 8470 8888