Register fire protection association

What you should do 
How long does it take 
How much does it cost 
Forms to complete 
Who to contact



About forming a Fire Protection Association

You can form a Fire Protection Association (FPA) to predict, prevent, manage and extinguish veld fires in your area if you are:

  • a land owner
  • a tenant
  • an Executive Officer of a local authority
  • appointed to control State land (including South African National Defence Force land)
  • controlling land under orders of the High Court.

You must be living in an area which:

  • has regular veldfires or
  • is at risk of veldfires or 
  • has forest or vegetation.

You cannot form an association as an individual. You must be a group of people falling within the above mentioned criteria, living in the same area.

Your duties as a Fire Protection Association will be to:

  • develop and apply a veldfire management strategy for your area
  • identify natural conditions which can course fire
  • regularly communicate fire danger ratings to members in your area
  • organise and train members in your area for fighting, managing and preventing fire
  • give the Minister of  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) statistics about veldfires in your area
  • give information requested by the Minister for the prevention of veldfires

What you should do

  1. Call a meeting with interested qualifying individuals
  2. If there is an existing fire service, you must give a written notice to that association that you want to form another fire protection association and invite their Chief Fire Officer to the meeting. Take minutes of the meeting, which must indicate:
    • Whether or not there was unanimous support for the formation of the fire protection association
    • The number of votes in favour of forming the association
    • The number of votes against forming the association; and
    • The the number of people who abstained from casting their votes on forming the association.
  3. Write and sign a written agreement stating that you form part of the association
  4. Elect a chairperson and an executive committee
  5. Give a name for the fire protection association and the description of your area
  6. Keep an attendance register with contact details including the postal address of all individuals who attended the meeting.
  7. Download and submit Form 1 under forms to complete, for approval by  DAFF. If the DAFF approves your application, you must then download and submit Form 2 and attach the following:
  • minutes of the meeting
  • the FPA’s constitution and 
  • the FPA’s business plan, which includes its veldfire management strategy and rules.

How long does it take

There is no time frame.

How much does it cost

The service is free.

Forms to complete

Forms are provided at the Department of Agriculture


Eastern Cape

Tel    043 604 5400
Fax    043 604 5587
City/town    King Williams Town
Province    Eastern Cape
Physical address    2 Hargrieve Avenue, King Williams Town
Postal address    Private Bag X7485, King Williams Town, 5600

Free State

Tel    051 405 9000
Fax    051 430 8146
City/town    Bloemfontein
Province    Free State
Physical address    Sanlam Plaza, 2nd Floor c/r Maitland & East Burger Streets, Bloemfontein
Postal address    P O Box 528, Bloemfontein, 9300


Tel    012 392 1300
Fax    012 392 1304
City/town    Pretoria
Province    Gauteng
Physical address    Sanlam Plaza East Building, 285 Frances Baard Street, Pretoria
Postal address    Private Bag X995, Pretoria, 0001

Kwa Zulu Natal
Tel    033 342 8101
Fax    033 394 1849
City/town    Pietermaritzburg
Province    KwaZulu-Natal
Physical address    185 Longmarket Street
Postal address    Private Bag X9029, Pietermaritzburg, 3200


Tel    015 519 3300
Fax    015 516 1062/ 086 608 0781/ 086 667 0747
City/town    Makhado
Province    Limpopo
Physical address    103 Magistrates Building, c/r Munnik & Landdros Streets, Makhado
Postal address    Private Bag X 2413, Makhado 0920


Tel    013 759 7300
Fax    013 755 1678
City/town    Nelspruit
Province    Mpumalanga
Physical address    Prorom Building, 5th Floor c/r Paul Kruger & Brown Streets, Nelspruit
Postal address    Private Bag X11259, Nelspruit, 1200

North West

Tel    018 387 9500
Fax    018 392 2998
City/town    Mmabatho
Province    North West
Physical address    Motsweding House, 1st Floor Dr. James Moroka Drive, Mmabatho
Postal address    Private Bag X5, Mmabatho, 2735

Northern Cape

Tel    053 802 0500
Fax    053 832 1206
City/town    Kimberley
Province    Northern Cape
Physical address    Old Mutual Building, c/r Chapel & York Streets, Kimberley
Postal address    Private Bag X610, Kimberley, 8800

Westen Cape

Tel    021 950 7121
Fax    021 950 7277
City/town    Sanlamhof
Province    Western Cape
Physical address    De Goede Hoop Park Building, 17 Strand Street, Sanlamhof
Postal address    Private Bag X16, Sanlamhof, Bellville 7532