Backyard BBQs and fire pits

Backyard burning and unauthorised incineration is not permitted at any time in all Council areas in Sydney. 

You are however permitted to:

  • cook or bbq in the open
  • maintain or use a fire for recreational purposes such as camping, picnicking, scouting or other similar outdoor activities

So long as you only use:

  • dry seasoned wood
  • liquid petroleum gas (LPG)
  • natural gas or
  • proprietary barbecue fuel (including a small quantity of fire starter)

If you follow the regulations, you can use domestic wood fired pizza ovens, open fire pits, chimineas and solid fuel indoor heaters in residential areas. 

Find specific details about the regulation in Schedule 8 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 (Regulation)

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Page last updated: 22 Feb 2021