PERIOD OF CONTROLLED BURNING IS FROM 01 MAY UNTIL 31 OCTOBER ANNUALLY. Special burn permits for outside this period will only be issued for burns that cannot be done May-October!!!! eg stoppel lande and ecological block burns

Rules for Prescribed/Controlled Burning

The following terms must be adhered to by the Landowner:

  • Suitable fire breaks must be made around the proposed area.
  • Be in possession of a current burn permit.
  • Weather conditions and wind intensity must be taken into account.
  • Controlled burning is authorised only on Weekdays, between the hours of 06:00 and 16:00.
  • All the immediate neighbours must be informed, and their approval must be obtained.
  • On the day of the controlled burning, Cape Winelands Fire Department must be informed at 021 887 4446 before and after burning.
  • Sufficient water resources must be available on the day of burning.
  • Supervision must be kept at all times until fire is completely extinguished and cold.
  • Permit is for the sites approved by the Cape Winelands Fire Services only.

Who needs to apply?

  1. All rural landowners in Stellenbosch, Drakenstein, Breede Valley, Langeberg and Witzenberg
  2. For any prescribed/controlled burning of rubbish pits, slash heaps, agricultural lands and veld blocks
  3. Permits are issued for a limited period of time unless it is for a permanent sight

Why apply?

  1. Local Municipal By-Laws require burn permits for controlled burning operations.
  2. WFPA members require a burning permit issued through the WFPA according to its rules.
  3. Cape Winelands District Fire Services are mandated to fight veld fires and can give the best safety advice.
  4. WFPA is in the best position for communications with the Fire Services and to ensure efficient services.

Please apply at least 5 working days before the permit is needed to ensure you will have it on time.

Applying for a Burn Permit

From March 2016 this is the procedure to follow:

  1. Application to be made to the FPA at
  2. Non WFPA members will be required to pay R250 to the WFPA for administration. 
    1. Winelands Fire Protection Association
    2. Nedbank
    3. Account number: 1071405721
    4. Branch: Stellenbosch 107110
  3. Please include ALL of the following details with your application:
    1. Applicant name and contact number
    2. Landowner name and contact number
    3. Location of controlled burn
    4. Number of sites to be burnt
    5. Burning once-off or repeatedly on same site?
    6. Type of controlled burn (Agricultural lands / Fynbos / Other veld / Vegetation heaps / Rubbish pits)
    7. Proof of payment if a non WFPA member.
  4. The FPA will forward your application to the Cape Winelands Fire Services
  5. The Cape Winelands Fire Services will do an inspection
  6. Your permit will be issued to you by the Cape Winelands Fire Services
    1. Burning only to be conducted under the conditions stated on the permit
    2. For the limited period of time as indicated on the permit
    3. For the controlled burn as discussed with the Cape Winelands Fire Services