Backyard Burning Approval - New South Wales

Service summary

You may require this approval if you intend to burn vegetation or other types of waste in the open or using an incinerator. Burning waste and vegetation in open fires and incinerators can cause smoke, which is a major cause of air pollutions. This approval is required to help manage the air pollution issues associated with burning.

Local Council areas in NSW have different rules regarding backyard burning. For instance, you may require approval from either the Council or the State Authority if you intend to undertake open air burning.

Schedule 8 of the Regulation lists what rules apply to which local Council area. You can find this as an attached document. Please note that:

  • if you intend to burn vegetation to clear a bushfire hazard then you need a Bushfire Hazard Reduction Certificate instead of this approval
  • you will also require a separate fire permit to light a fire during Bush Fire Danger periods
  • you need to provide notification to the fire service and the owners of any neighbouring properties at least 24 hours prior to your planned burn.

Please consult the Council or State Authority for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval you will need to provide details of your planned burn. Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Backyard Burning Approval - Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for a copy of this document.

Administering agency

City of Parramatta Council

Act(s) name

Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 (New South Wales)

Contact details

General Enquiries
City of Parramatta Council

Operating address:
126 Church Street
NSW 2150
Mailing address:
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124


02 9806 5050


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